17 March 2015
In February Lake Monticello resident Roxanne Carter-Johnston became Fluvanna County’s first-ever community volunteer coordinator. The Fluvanna Review caught up with Carter-Johnston, who is herself a volunteer, to learn more about her new role in the county.
What is your role as the community volunteer coordinator?
I’m responsible for cultivating volunteers from our diverse pool of community members. I’m also charged with identifying needs around the county to create volunteer opportunities. Understanding the challenge that comes with encouraging volunteerism, it’s important for me to take advantage of every moment available to convince individuals and businesses that they can help make a difference.
Why did you decide to go for the job?
I noticed this position last spring or summer and I’d been debating since then whether to step up to the plate. I like volunteering and helping others, and I feel that if there’s a need and I have the ability to fulfill that need then I will do what I can, especially if it’s for a good cause. I used to work in the non-profit world – I loved my role and seeing the impact the organization made on the Charlottesville-area community. When I left I promised myself that I’d continue to give to the community in some way; I saw this position as an additional way to do just that.
What are some goals you have for your tenure in this job?
I’d like to:
• Encourage volunteerism: I’d love for Fluvanna businesses and individuals to understand the importance of volunteering and the positive impact their efforts can make on our community.
• Build/grow our community volunteer database: If my efforts of encouraging volunteerism are successful I feel we will be equally successful in growing our database of volunteers and opportunities.
• Effectively connect volunteers to opportunities: I’d like to “seal the deal” – I want to make sure that the opportunities we have are fulfilled by volunteers. My role is to coordinate and execute, and I feel I’ve done my job effectively when the needed position is filled.