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April 12, 2019

Meet Our Volunteers: Jerry L.

I have always been good with numbers and spent 30 years as a commercial bank manager. Right after retirement, a friend suggested I volunteer with WNET. I’ll be celebrating 20 years of volunteering with the station in 2020. I used to volunteer with God’s Love We Deliver too, but now I focus my energies strictly on WNET. In the fall, I was recognized with the President’s Lifetime Achievement Award, an honor presented by the office of the President of the United States for lifelong commitment to volunteer service.

During my time at WNET I have supported a variety of departments including Legal, Finance, and now Development. I recently learned that I’ve provided more than 7,000 hours of support to the station. In my current role, I support the Development Operations team by serving as quality control for our off-site gift processing vendor. I review an average of 500 contributions to the station each day to ensure they are being processed correctly by the vendor and that any special requests are shared with the appropriate internal department.

I live in Queens, so THIRTEEN is my home station. I am a big fan of Great Performances and particularly enjoyed Birgit Nilsson: A League of Her Own. I’m looking forward to seeing what’s next from that incredible series. I am also an avid reader of The New York Times – it is an important part of my daily routine – and I am partial to mystery novels.

“Character is the word that comes to mind when I think of Jerry” said his supervisor, Raymond Verrey, Director of Development Operations. “Jerry is a stand-up guy. At WNET, he is committed to ensuring we provide our donors with the best possible service, but I also know that he is deeply devoted to his family and friends outside of the office.”

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