Hannah Nersasian has a passion for helping those in need and a gift for inspiring others to help as well. The new manager of JF&CS Volunteer Services has coordinated programs for children and refugees, for immigrants and business people, for small nonprofits and large multi-national companies. She has also helped dig a watering hole and taken down a tiger house at a safari park.
“There were ostriches and wildebeests watching us work but the tigers were of course in a cage!” recalled Hannah.
Through it all, Hannah has supported and coordinated efforts to create the most meaningful and rewarding opportunities for volunteers. Now Hannah will be applying this expertise at JF&CS. In this role she is both the first point of contact for anyone wishing to volunteer and a manager thinking strategically about how the agency can best use and support its volunteers.
“Volunteering offers a unique perspective. When someone volunteers their time, the recipient knows that person doesn’t have to be there with them. That makes a massive difference to them,” said Hannah. “And it matters to the agency to have extra support from people who have different perspectives and skill sets.”
A British citizen married to an American, she brings a worldly perspective and a wealth of practical experience. Hannah grew up in Somerset, a rural county in southwest England and came to the States to pursue a Master’s degree in international relations at Boston University. After graduation, she returned to the UK and began working for a refugee mentoring program that matched London residents with refugees, primarily from Sudan, Zimbabwe, and Somalia.
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