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Trailblazer June 2016

Posted on June 2, 2016

Moving Forward. Giving Back.

Jennifer Richins, AP Accounting Specialist, story on her volunteer journey.

I grew up the daughter of a 5th grade teacher, so I spent a lot of time helping my mother in her classroom. There were always books to be moved or labeled or covered, bulletin boards to be taken down or put up, and loads of school stuff that could be helped with. I learned that teachers can always use help.

As a result, when my children started school (at East Elementary in Mountain Home), I have tried to volunteer as much as possible in the classroom to assists their teachers. I have been volunteering at East for 4 years now. This year was my first year volunteering in 2 classrooms as I finally had 2 children in school. East Elementary is where I volunteer the most. I also volunteer with the youth group at our church and teach on Sundays. This year, the children I teach are 6 and 7 years old.

It's fun to volunteer because it gives you a varied perspective of your child's day that you might not otherwise get. You understand when your child says they have trouble with something or someone because you see it firsthand. You forge a good relationship with the teacher as you work with them in their classroom. Also, it's the best to be called "Grant's mom" or "Zane's mom"!! My children and I have benefited from the time I have spent volunteering in the classroom, and the teachers appreciate the help as well. Volunteering each month is something that I look forward to. I love that I'm setting an example for my children to always do what you can to help others.

Pictures of a family with a mom, dad, and two boys

Pioneer in the Community

Pioneer employees were busy volunteering and working in the community during the month of May!

Driving for Donuts with 101.9 The Bull - Thursday, May 5th Broadway Branch

two pictures, one of a 101.9 FM radio van and the other of a Pioneer booth

Pioneer Employees Race for the Cure - Saturday, May 7th

Pioneer FCU raised $1,240.33 for The Susan G. Komen Organization through the sales of our 'Moving the Cure Forward' t-shirts in branch.

Tons of people getting ready for The Race for the Cure event

Boys and Girls Club Community Day - Saturday, May 14th

Pioneer booth at the boys and girls club, with children looking at the booth

Driving for Donuts with 101.0 The Bull - Thursday, May 20th Middleton Branch

Event with donuts hosted by 101.9 FM, with happy people eating donuts

Idaho Foodbank - Saturday, May 21st

Pioneer volunteers working hard at a food bank

Driving for Donuts with 101.9 The Bull - Thursday, May 26th Nampa Branch

Event with donuts with Pioneer employee

Memorial Flag Placement - Friday, May 27th

A group of Pioneer employees volunteered to place flags at tombstones at the Mountain Home cemetery as a way to acknowledge and appreciate the ultimate sacrifice made by our fallen soldiers and to honor their commitment and service to our country.

Pioneer volunteers placing US flags on graves for Memorial Day

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