Donna Herb ETS Volunteer of the Month for October
- Sheri Mihalow
- Sheri Mihalow
Princeton, N.J. (October 15, 2008) —
ETS's Social Investment Fund has selected Donna Herb, IT Manager for Assessment Technologies, as Volunteer of the Month for October for her work with the Voices for Charity organization.
Prior to beginning her career here at ETS in 2003, Herb taught mathematics at the Kearny and Secaucus Public Schools in New Jersey. Herb's earliest community service activities focused around her neighborhood and church. "My mother and father were active volunteers in our neighborhood — always helping whether next door or down the block."
Herb, who sings jazz standards and performs in choral groups, uses her vocal talent in a compassionate and unique display of community service to raise money for charity.
In 1996, she founded the volunteer organization Voices for Charity to raise funds for and awareness of six separate charities in Hunterdon County, N.J. She currently serves as chairperson of the organization, which presents musical events for its sponsored charities. Herb sees the events as a win-win proposition: "Those who give are able to enjoy great musical talents, and our groups in need of resources reap the rewards of contributions for their communities."
To date, Voices for Charity has raised and donated more than $80,000 to approximately 20 different organizations, including Briteside Adult Day Services, Friends of Teen Arts, Good News Home for Women, Interfaith Hospitality Network, Meals on Wheels and SAFE in Hunterdon. She also was a featured soloist at the Teal Tea, a major fundraising event organized by ETSers to benefit the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition.
Herb is an active supporter of many ETS volunteer events including Kisses for Kyle, the ETS Blood Drive and the ETS Cares Campaign. She says the activities supported by the ETS Community Service Program are a major reason she joined the company: "ETS is passionate about people and continues to enhance volunteer programs, despite the fact that other companies have abandoned these types of programs."
"I like the term 'random acts of kindness,'" she adds. "Volunteering does not have to be organized. It can be an action, however small or large, that makes you and someone else feel good."
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