Our monthly Volunteer Spotlight recognizes Town of Palm Beach United Way volunteers who are passionate, inspiring and dedicated. They are individuals committed to transforming lives and who invest in our vision of building healthy and strong communities.
Joyce Reingold has been a volunteer at the Town of Palm Beach United Way for 14 years. Joyce serves on our Allocation Committee and has previously served on our Board of Trustees, Nominating Committee and Business and Professional Committee. We sat down with Joyce to ask her a few questions about volunteering at the Town of Palm Beach United Way and what it means to her.
What made you choose to volunteer with the Town of Palm Beach United Way?
I was introduced to the Town of Palm Beach United Way through the annual Business and Professional campaigns. Each year we’d hear inspiring speakers talk about the diverse needs in our community. I’d learn about the positive outcomes of programs funded by the Town of Palm Beach United Way, and see how one pledge, joined with others, could have a tremendous impact. So when Beth offered me the chance to become a volunteer, I jumped! I love that there are so many different ways contribute, and to make a difference in our community.
What do you like most about volunteering with the Town of Palm Beach United Way?
One of my favorite volunteer activities is visiting partner agencies across Palm Beach County to get an up-close look at programs focused on improving education, health and income. It’s an amazing opportunity to learn about the lives of others, to understand their challenges and to hear their success stories.
What have you learned by being a volunteer with us?
Thanks to the training offered by Beth and her team I’ve learned how to be an objective and effective steward of donors’ dollars. The training, which covers everything from understanding 990s and audits to evaluating grant requests, is extremely valuable.
What do you do when you’re not volunteering with us?
I’m a media consultant, which gives me license to consume more news, information and social media than is probably healthy! This time of year I try to spend as much free time as possible outside since the weather is so gorgeous. It’s also prime time for bird watching, so I check in at Wakodahatchee Wetlands in Delray Beach and Green Cay Wetlands in Boynton Beach whenever I can. If you haven’t been, go! Both are fabulous.
What is your most memorable volunteer moment?
A few years ago when I was visiting an agency’s food pantry, the director told me that the most useful foods were those that didn’t require heating or cooking since most of his clients didn’t have electricity. That moment was sobering, and it demonstrated to me how important it is to listen and learn, to never assume, and to always challenge assumptions.