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The Power of Volunteering


Joe Gianni Volunteer Experience


Image caption: Michelle Hawes with students

Volunteering has always had a profound impact on society. It reminds us of the good in the world and helps individuals and organizations come together for a meaningful cause.

With the stresses of the past few years, there has never been a bigger need for volunteers in the classroom. Our youth have experienced a lot through the pandemic and we have been with them every step of the way with virtual programming, but nothing compares to the experience of having a volunteer in the classroom connecting with students in meaningful and profound ways.

Watch the video above to hear about the needs and wants of current students. From wanting pet parrots to needing love, Joe Gianni,
President, Bank Of America Greater Hartford and 2023 JA Hall of Fame Laureate, expereinced an unforgetable moment as a JA volunteer. 

Take Michelle Hawes experience. Michelle recalls her volunteering saying “The JA experience is unlike any other. Not only did I get to teach my children, and their classes, something I am personally passionate about, I also got to see firsthand the impact I had on these students. I still have the letters from one of my classes over 7 years later.” Read the full story here.

To be inspired, and inspire the next generation like Michelle, check out our current volunteer opportunities here or reach out to Nicole Diorio at 

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