Volunteering is Her Passion
“My passion has always been people – relationships, joining groups, getting to know people and helping others,” says JoLynn Carter. “As an Army brat and a Navy wife, I had to find ways to get to know people fast. Volunteering was the best way I knew how to do that.”
She has, in fact, volunteered on and off for over 20 years beginning in college at Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA. There, she volunteered for the Red Cross and was the marketing chair for the local chapter of NHRMA.
“On one of my husband’s tours, I was asked to be the marketing chair for a yearly military conference called the Joint Women’s Conference in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. I found that I had a gift for organizing and a love for putting on events, as well as creating marketing pieces for them,” she said.
The Carters moved to Florida in 2004, where JoLynn was hired as a sales assistant for Cox Radio, 96.9 The Eagle. While there, she launched an Art and Wine night to benefit the neonatal intensive care unit at a local hospital.
“My daughter was a preemie, so that held a special place in my heart. I started to really love doing events and helping people in need. A good friend of mine, Joelle Marquis, called me one day to see if I could help last minute with putting together a gala for Quigley House. I said YES! I helped put together their gala for two years.”
Fast forward to 2015 when Joelle introduced her to Patrick Hayle, CEO of Mercy Support Services. Once JoLynn found out what Mercy Support Services does and the need in our community, she knew that she wanted to help.
“At the time, Mercy needed someone to help with special events, mainly its yearly Gala. So long story short, this is my third year as the special events coordinator for Mercy Support Services. Mercy is comprised of so many caring, compassionate people that it makes volunteering for them a gift to me.”
When she is not volunteering, JoLynn is the Marketing and Business Coordinator for the Thrasher-Horne Center. She is chairing the 5th Annual Champions for Mercy Gala on October 18.