A mother, with three children — two of them teens — who works full-time … how can she also find time to volunteer?
Angela Resner — the inaugural Volunteer of the Month named for July by the Observer — says it’s easy.
“Volunteering is one of the most rewarding experiences,” she said. “Seeing the impact I make in individuals’ lives or smiles on their faces by showing true acts of kindness goes a long way. It makes me feel proud to support local organizations and know that I can make a difference by donating a little bit of my time.”
Resner said she has always had a passion for helping out in her community and she’s been involved with Bank of America volunteer efforts for the past four years.
“Here with Bank of America, I have had the opportunity to volunteer with Junior Achievement and have found that to be a rewarding experience to engage with our local youth and help with financial education. Also, as the volunteer chair, I have a unique opportunity to work with several non-profit organizations locally.”
Junior Achievement delivers programs to help kindergarten through 12th-grade students develop work-readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy skills, and inspire them to reach their potential, according to the organization’s website.
At BoA, Resner is the video client services team manager, overseeing a support team of 20 associates who serve customers through ATMs with “Teller Assist-Virtual Teller.” She also serves as BoA’s community volunteer chair for the New Mexico market.
“As a parent, my children have been to almost every event for the past three years; we do it as a family and it’s time well spent together,” she said.
“What makes Angela a superstar volunteer is that she not only volunteers to teach elementary school students financial literacy, work-readiness and entrepreneurship skills, but she is also a volunteer coordinator for the program,” said Patricia Saint-Lot of JA, who nominated Resner.
“In this capacity, Angela recruited 17 Bank of America volunteers to join her in teaching students at Inez Elementary School in Albuquerque on April 24 and May 15. She also managed the training of these volunteers prior to the program.”
Added Mark Schmit, program manager for JA in the state, “Angela has been a huge asset to the Junior Achievement program over the years and the children love her enthusiasm and teaching style. She and her team at Bank of America have inspired and prepared many children for economic success.”
Resner grew up in the City of Vision, after her family moved here in 1985, and has three children: Julia, 19, Sophia, 15, and Deante, 9.
She’s been with BoA — her other family, as she puts it — since April 2012.
“For the past several years, Bank of America has had a strong partnership with Junior Achievement,” Resner said. “One of my favorite events is to participate at ‘JA in Day,’ (when) we go out to a local elementary school and teach core curriculum for a day. We take the teacher role, build rapport with students and work with them through various lessons.”
It’s something she won’t give up.
“Giving back makes me feel good; it helps me realize small changes that you can make to help others,” Resner said. “It can help others to gain leadership and team-building skills, as well as build relationships and networks within our local communities.”
— Gary Herron
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