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Community Corps' Commitment to Communities  05.20.2015

Posted by: Imelda Auron

Imelda Auron is the Senior Community Corps Manager for Boston Community Corps. Imelda is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the Boston Community Corps program, which includes recruiting and training 100 adult volunteers ages 50+, as well as developing ways to promote healthy and active living.

Jumpstart’s Boston Community Corps is made up of extremely dedicated individuals with unique stories that have lead them to Jumpstart. While the majority of Jumpstart’s volunteers, known as Corps members, are in college, Jumpstart’s Community Corps members are older adult volunteers. Many are retired but continue to be actively engaged in their communities and are committed to improving them.

Take for instance, Movelle Lamming, a retired nurse. In 1991, Movelle was on the board of directors for the Mattapan Service Center when they elected to bring Head Start to Mattapan.  Now Movelle is in her second year serving as a Jumpstart volunteer at the ABCD (Action for Boston Community Development) Mattapan Head Start that she helped create.

Another Community Corps member, Sheila Jones, is in her seventh year as a team leader for Jumpstart. She leads two teams, including the team on which Movelle serves. Sheila has her own personal ties to ABCD Mattapan Head Start; the building is named after her father, Milton Jones, who was instrumental in converting it to the child care center it is now. Furthermore, Sheila’s uncle, Robert Coard, served as the CEO of ABCD for 45 years.

Through stories big and small, Community Corps members’ connection to Boston runs deep and strong. Their lives are rooted in the neighborhoods where they serve and they know too wellthe disparities that exist there. Community Corps members’ determination and commitment to solving issues in their communities is personal and they return to Jumpstart year after year to continue to create long-term impact. 

This week we celebrate Senior Corps Week and those who dedicate their lives to serving others. Thank you to our amazing Community Corps members who have helped shaped our program since its inception 11 years ago. 

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