I Support Community Inside (and) Out
There are many people that are involved in I Support Community, whether that be through a role on the Board of Directors, a volunteer with our Inside Out Club, or a corporate partner, I Support Community would not be what it is today without each and every one of them. This month we feature the President of the Board of Directors of I Support Community, Shaun Emerson, one of our corporate sponsors, Joel Weinberger from Continental Motors, and one of our Lead Volunteers for the Inside out Club, Eden Shadis.
Shaun Emerson, President of the Board of Directors
As the current President of the Board of Directors for I Support Community, Shaun has been involved in the organization for about 3 years. He joined the board after having met Marion, the founder and Executive Director, through a mutual friend. It was after he got to have a one-on-one meeting with Marion that he “was impressed with her story, commitment, organization” and he wanted to get involved. Aside from being the Board President, Shaun is also on the programs committee, board development committee, and is also a Lead Volunteer for two Glen Ellyn School’s Inside Out Clubs, amongst helping where needed.
When Shaun is not spending time with I Support Community, he is spending time with his family, running, reading, going on adventures and doing yoga.
Shaun speaks about the mission of I Support Community “to develop kids with character inside and out” and the fact that by “being involved, supporting that mission, you participate in helping shape a child to be more self-aware, empathetic and a giving citizen of the world.” Noting that not only does this impact the children involved in I Support Community by helping them grow, but “you grow too.”
Joel Weinberger, Corporate Sponsor: Continental Motors
At Continental Motors one of the four pillars of their company vision includes the statement “to make a difference in our community.” Based on this, it was almost a no-brainer for Continental Motors to become a corporate sponsor for I Support Community.
Joel says that he “love[s] the idea of introducing philanthropy to a young audience and also helping them understand others that are not as fortunate.” He adds that the only way the initiative will grow and reach more “of our youth is by getting others to give time and money. It’s a great investment in our future.”
In his spare time, when Joel is not doing something involved with cars, he enjoys other outdoor activities such as golf and biking.
Eden Shadis, Lead Volunteer
First getting involved in I Support Community in January 2016 as a Lead Volunteer for Inside Out Club, Eden’s participation increased over the summer of 2016 by becoming a member on the curriculum committee. Eden says that “as a licensed school counselor and educator, I look for ways to give students access to resources to increase their social/emotional, academic and career prowess.” She notes that the Inside Out Club “supports the social/emotional development of students by teaching them character traits through an introduction to local area non-profits.”
“I appreciated the Inside Out Club’s vehicle to connect our schools, families, and community resources in an effort to raise more emotionally intelligent children.” Being able to get involved in I Support Community and the Inside Out Club “gives families a chance to practice the character traits we teach” and will help to raise the “next generation of volunteers.”
Eden keeps herself busy and aside from volunteering with I Support Community, she also spends time volunteering as a College Access Coordinator to help “first-generation students access college by coordinating events and implementing workshops designed to enhance students’ ability to access college and persist through to graduation.” She also is an avid photographer and world traveler and “enjoy[s] discovering scenic venues to capture family memories.” She also says that “as a dedicated mother to a fascinating daughter, with plenty of laughter, playdates, and trips to zoos, gardens, and museums, I strive to provide her with a life full of love, happiness, and opportunities to become her best self. While I’m not helping others or with family and friends, you can find me running outside, enjoying the fresh air and beautiful scenery of Naperville.”