In recognition of National Volunteer Week, ITWorks is spotlighting one of our amazing volunteers each day this week. Our volunteers are such an asset to our program and make a huge impact on our students. ITWorks would not be the same without them!
Please meet Timothy Straub, the Director of Information Technology at BBD, LLP and an awesome volunteer. Tim has been involved with ITWorks for several years by serving as a mentor, hosting Lunch & Learns, and speaking at our graduation.
ITWorks: How did you first learn about the ITWorks program? What compelled you to get involved as a volunteer?
Tim: I first heard about it several years ago from my wife as she worked in the nonprofit field and her organization hosted interns. She told me about it and I thought it was such a great idea to get these young folks certified and into a career. Right from the get-go, I wanted to get involved. It wasn’t until I became part of my current company, which has an amazing culture of giving back, that I’ve really been able to volunteer with this wonderful program.
ITW: You volunteer in a variety of capacities – do you have a favorite way to get involved?
T: Really any way that I get to interact with the students is my favorite way. Seeing their expressions when I have the opportunity to tell them how much I have done with hard work as the driving force makes a real connection between us. Being able to show them I was once in their shoes, I think gives them hope and a vision for what they may be able to accomplish in their futures.
ITW: Describe one experience with a student(s) that stands out as being particularly impactful for the student(s), yourself, or both.
T: Most recently, being asked to speak at graduation was such an honor, and I was privileged to do so. In the past, one of my mentees that I was paired with needed a lot of support – both technically and personally. Being able to be a mentor and provide or coordinate the assistance needed, and now seeing the life and career achievements that student has made is beyond rewarding.
Timothy Straub speaking at ITWorks graduation.
ITW: What do you think the benefit is for volunteers who get involved with ITWorks?
T: The benefit for us, or at least myself, is that we’re not doing it for ourselves. There’s not an accolade or a tip of the hat. We’re doing this because we want the students to succeed. Throughout our lives, we’ve all had someone who has helped us along the way when we needed it the most. Having an opportunity to be that person in someone else’s life is an honor.
ITW: Do you have any insight for organizations or individuals who are considering a volunteer opportunity with ITWorks?
T: Yes – reflecting on your own life, think about who gave you that chance and where you might be if they hadn’t. If you are considering an intern, go for it. These students can do the work, and do the work amazingly well. Organizations that want to get involved will reap tangible benefits. It’s an all-around wonderful program.
ITW: Anything else we should know about your experience as a volunteer?
T: It’s been tremendous. My current mentee is the seventh ITWorks student that I have mentored. And I don’t plan on stopping my involvement anytime soon. Mentoring is a great first step to get involved. If you are looking for a way to give back to your community, ITWorks is the way to do it.
BBD, LLP is a Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB)-registered firm of Certified Public Accountants that is ranked by the Philadelphia Business Journal as one of the 25 largest accounting firms in the Greater Philadelphia area. BBD specializes in providing accounting, audit and tax services for not-for-profit organizations, government entities, and the investment management industry. For more information, visit us at www.bbdcpa.com.
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