Service for a Larger Purpose
By: Zac Cooper
Nashville, TN, October 28, 2017: “Be the change you wish to see” is the mantra of this month’s Nashville Volunteer of the month, Jacky Gomez. Jacky is a community leader involved in Hispanic and immigrant issues. Based out of Antioch, Jacky works as a receptionist at the Hispanic Foundation and a Program Coordinator with YMCA Latino Achievers. Jacky also volunteers with the Tennessee Immigration and Refugee Rights Coalition, and this role consists of planning events, meeting with potential sponsors, and being organization representative and advocate.
As an immigrant herself, she has a unique perspective and grounding to drive her community work. She notes the importance of being “conscious and aware of the need of the community” and that she has been fortunate to work in places that do just that. An overarching theme in Jacky’s engagements is her will to support others to become their best selves. Her work at the YMCA, especially, is focused on the volunteer experience and how individuals can serve with their own sense of purpose.
In each of these endeavors, Jacky understands the opportunity she has to better her community. Jacky emigrated from Mexico at age two, and through her life, has engaged with the world through a bicultural lens. Despite growing up in a single parent household and dealing with financial struggles, Jacky was able to earn a scholarship to attend Lipscomb University, one of the first universities to offer scholarships to undocumented individuals. Jacky’s story certainly exhibits her chosen mantra and we are thankful for her service and engagement with the Nashville community.
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