Member Spotlight: Jess Hofbauer

JessJess Hofbauer, Administrative Coordinator

Bonner Center for Civic Engagement, University of Richmond

Q: What are three things you want GRAVA members to know about you?

A: As part of a Board Immersion program, I am getting to serve on the Board of Trustees for the Valentine Richmond History Center this year and contribute to their exciting strategic planning process! Through volunteering with several local nonprofits, I am able to do what I love and help others understand the dynamics of inequality in our society and become allies for those who are less privileged. I love playing tour guide to out-of-town guests and showing them why Richmond is a great place to live!

Q: What are three things you want GRAVA members to know about your work?

A: Over a third of all University of Richmond students make a commitment to volunteer with the Center for Civic Engagement through a partner organization each semester. The Center values partnerships that are long-term, sustained, and reciprocal. Our UR Downtown location on 7th & Broad offers free meeting and event space to nonprofits.

Q: Why do you love the profession of volunteer administration?

A: From where I sit in the volunteer administration equation (as an intermediary between community organizations and volunteers), I find it to be extremely rewarding to see the learning that occurs when a student engages int he community through volunteering. Students often begin volunteering without a real understanding of the context of the neighborhood they are engaging in and without really knowing what is motivating them to volunteer. Watching their perspective change and their commitment to civic engagement deepen and become more ingrained is such a thrill!

Q: What do you love about GRAVA?

A: I am new to GRAVA but after one breakfast workshop I already know I’ve made a great investment in my professional development! I look forward to meeting the other members and learning from you all.

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