When people come together, they really make a difference

When people come together, they really make a difference

Meet Jolene — our Team Member in the Spotlight this week. Jolene is driven to make an impact and give back to her community through her work and life. Her desire to bring people together for a greater cause shines through all she does.

What is your position with Doing Good Works?

My position is the Community Partnership Intern. When I first started, I was more on the Purpose Printery side and was one of the first employees printing out of OC United (the Purpose Printery was created as a partnership between Doing Good Works and OC United). Now I do a lot of social media and marketing campaign work with Colette, Sunny, and Anna — we call it our Girls Marketing Squad! Right now we’re working on the campaign for the Stronger Together Fund for COVID-19 where 100% of profits from our merchandise help foster youth affected by the pandemic.

How did you come to work at Doing Good Works?

I worked on campus at Cal State Fullerton in the Guardian Scholar Center overseeing six scholarship programs. I was a student assistant and then became the media and events coordinator. I used to compile information for internships and work opportunities, so I was aware of Doing Good Works before I graduated. I attended some of the backpacking events where Guardian Scholars were hired to fill backpacks with promotional products. I had recently graduated and really needed an income and a job. At one event, I met Scott with my then-roommate, Sunny. It blossomed from there. About a month after the backpacking event, I began working at the Purpose Printery.

Doing Good Works also knew that I studied Communications with a concentration in PR, so soon I shifted to doing more marketing. In January, I started coming into the office four days a week, which was helpful to get more immersed.

Doing Good Works is founded on the mission that every young person aging out of foster care deserves an equal chance to succeed and access to the networks and tools that can empower them. What does this mission mean to you?

Obviously this mission is very personal to me because Doing Good Works came into my life at the perfect time and when I really needed it. I was nervous at the end of my college journey, and they stepped in so gracefully and gave me opportunities that I would not have at another company. I got involved with branding and even conceived the name Purpose Printery (with Sunny); that openness to letting us be creative in our own way is not typical in an entry-level job. The mission is a large part of the reason why I decided to work with them. When I was in school, I initially wanted to do nonprofit PR because I want what I am doing to make a difference in the world. The Doing Good Works mission of using business for a greater purpose really spoke to me, and I connected more with that mission statement than with other companies.

What did you study in college?

Communications with a concentration in PR.

What are your career goals, now or for the future?

Right now, I am happy to see the growth opportunities that arise with what I am currently doing. I am definitely applying to graduate school and would love to be a Communications professor one day, but I want to get a lot of experience in the field first.

Can you share one example of how mentorship has made an impact on your life?

Mentorship has impacted me in several ways because I did not have a traditional support system. My mentors could be as varied as a boss, coworker, counselor, or friend, all supporting me in different ways. I still talk to every person who worked in the OC Center for Scholars. A lot of people in my life stepped up to fill the roles and helped me get through college and life. And for that, I am very grateful.

How do you look to make an impact either through your work or in your life?

I hope I can do it in both! I love the idea of doing nonprofit work. I love to volunteer. In Santa Clarita, where I grew up, I volunteered with the Gentle Barn. In high school and college, I used to go to Skid Row and feed the homeless. Throughout my life, I have always had a passion to give back. I see it as my greater purpose in life and it is what makes me happy. When people come together, they can make a real difference and that is what I strive to do in life — make a difference.

What are your hobbies and outside interests — what do you like to do when you are not working or not in school?

I have two kids so that takes up most of my time! We like to go on hikes and spend a lot of time outdoors. I also like to travel and see new places.

Are there any recent accomplishments you are proud of that you can share — (anything from learning how to boil an egg to purchasing your first car!)

Making it through these last two weeks of quarantine with two kids and working from home!

What is your favorite book, tv show, or movie and why?

I love all the 90’s stuff — I still watch Friends and Rugrats reruns all the time and other shows I used to watch when I was younger.

What is something unusual, surprising, or funny that people may not know about you?

One of my thumbs is smaller than the other and it looks like a big toe — everyone makes fun of me for it — people say they cannot unsee it once they notice it!

What does Doing Good Works mean to you?

When you do good and spread love and kindness, that really does make the world better. And good things come back in return.