Jenna Heimerman started volunteering with Rainbows in the spring, as part of her Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) class requirements at Maize High School. Jenna’s FACS Teacher Jessica Buchanan describes FACS is as being designed to provide students an opportunity to get real world work in a human services career. Students are required to work for an organization which provides a need for the community or its’ members. Jenna chose Rainbows for this reason, along her specific interest in working with kids and caring for them. Jenna is currently a senior, and so naturally, is considering career fields that would align with these values. Since Jenna has a strong science and math background, she has considered Psychiatry, or being a Pediatric Nurse. For the time being, Jenna is most sure that she would like to work with the young adolescent population in some caring aspect.
Compassion meets action
Jenna began volunteering at a very early age, encouraged by her parents to give back through her Church, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton. Jenna says, “When I was younger, we went to the church and made meals to deliver, and during Christmastime, we were involved with the Angel Tree gift giving.” In addition to outside encouragement, Jenna says, “I feel very blessed with what I have, but I don’t want to be in a bubble and to be unaware of my surroundings and to the suffering that might be happening- I want to give help where it’s needed."Following this line of thought, Jenna believes starting with changes within ones’ community is a start, when considering all of the world's problems.
Starting in her community, Jenna has volunteered at the Lord’s Diner, Trick or Treating for Canned Goods, and has been a Big Sister for Big Brother Big Sisters for two years. In addition, Jenna is in school clubs that hold community giving events. In her own club, Family Community Career Leaders of America (FCCLA), which she is currently Vice President of, Jenna and her members solicited businesses for items that were later assembled together into 35 gift baskets; each basket was given to a child staying in the hospital over Christmas break. This project grew out of a FACS assignment. Jenna and FCCLA are also involved in One Spark, an event where community members come together in a park area to provide essential items such as food and clothing to the homeless.
Lucky for Kansas State University, Jenna is considering going there for college as she begins her college application process. For the time being, Jenna plans to keep volunteering and spend her free time doing other things she enjoys; hanging out with friends, watching movies, reading and staying active. Thanks Jenna for your passion for giving back, to our community and Rainbows!