The Volunteer Spotlight profiles a JF&CS volunteer, showing how varied volunteer roles are at JF&CS and recognizing individuals without whom we could not do what we do.
“I’ve found the niche I’ve always wanted – I love what I do and feel tremendously lucky to have found it.”
Jean McAuliffe spent her 44 year career as a pediatric nurse. Initially she worked with older children, but as medicine developed and it became possible to treat sick and premature babies, she transitioned into working in the Neonatal Intensive-Care Unit (NICU). It was there she stayed, learning everything she could about child development to inform how she worked with the families.
When it came time to retire, Jean wanted to find a volunteer role that involved babies – “I have a passion for babies and I knew I had to find something or I’d be sad!” Jean recounted.
It was around this time that Jean met Peggy Kaufman, Director of the JF&CS Center for Early Relationship Support®, while they were both serving on the board of the Boston Institute for the Development of Infants and Parents. “When I found out about the kind of work Peggy was doing I kept thinking that’s the kind of work I want to do… so I asked her what I could do.”