Volunteer Appreciation Week 2024

Volunteer Appreciation Week 2024

Expired

Volunteer Appreciation Week was established by President Richard Nixon in 1974 to say thank you to those who give freely of their time and talents, and challenge Americans to look for ways to actively participate in their communities. Invicta Solutions Group is proud that volunteering is in our corporate DNA - from the top of the organization down - and encourage our employees, friends, and family to find an opportunity to give back - highly appropriate for a business headquartered in the Volunteer State!

This week, we'd like to honor those amongst our ranks who plant seeds of kindness and giving wherever they go:


Jeff & Suzanne Lockwoodmanna3

Jeff and Suzanne volunteer at Manna Café Ministries in Clarksville, TN as Outreach Counselors. Manna Café Ministries serves people in need in Clarksville/Montgomery County through a soup kitchen on wheels, food box distribution, and other vital resources.
Jeff and Suzanne lead the Thursday night meal at Veterans Plaza where on average 150 people are provided meals. Hot meals are distributed, along with snacks, drinks and sweet treats. In addition to providing food, the ministry also provides diapers, clothing, shoes, tents, sleeping bags, household items, and hygiene products. Jeff and Suzanne work with the on-site counselors to get individuals that are addicted to drug and alcohol into rehabilitation and recovery programs.

In the winter months, they also volunteer at the emergency warming shelter that provides an on-site emergency warming center for the homeless. This allows the homeless a warm place to spend the night, take a shower and receive a hot meal. The best part of volunteering with Manna has been getting to know the people they serve on an individual basis and hearing their stories so that they can provide hope to others in the community. 


Scott Shipmanscott vol

Scott leverages his passion for wrestling by serving as the Grace Christian Academy head Middle School and High School Wrestling Coach. GCA established the middle school program in 2022 and the high school program in 2023, and Scott guides his student-athletes following the GCA Athletics Mission Statement of "...[using] the arena of athletic competition to teach each student-athlete the disciplines needed to build Christian character, develop a sense of community, and foster excellence in education, TEAMwork, and leadership."  His 25 middle school and 10 high school athletes exhibit hard work, leadership, and character building both on the mat and in their personal lives.

In addition to his time on the mats, since 2012 Scott has volunteered on the Franklin, TN Church of the City Security Team. Every Sunday and at mid-week events, the Team works in partnership with local law enforcement and emergency medical personnel to provide emergency response and general security services for pastoral staff and key personnel for the large, multi-denominational church. 


Jessica Spurlockjessa vol

Jessica supports families and children within the foster system by sourcing and delivering donations for those in need. In many cases where children are returning to their biological parents, who may be facing challenges, she helps provide clothing, toys, food, and other necessities. In addition to her work with foster families, she also volunteers at her local recreational center as a volleyball coach, where she has the privilege of teaching youth aged 9 to 18 the fundamentals of volleyball, helping them develop their skills and stay active in sports. Jessica loves the rewarding experience of seeing them grow and thrive both on and off the court. 

During the Christmas season, she and her husband deliver baskets of food to those in need and participate in local "Shop with a Cop" programs, which assist families with children during the holiday season. These efforts allow Jessica's whole family to spread joy and support to the community during a time of giving and celebration.


Paige Meadepaige vol

As a Victim Advocate, Paige provides on-call hospital volunteer services working in partnership with Virginia law enforcement, medical providers, and other allied professionals. She also created a trauma-informed curriculum in 2017 for sexual assault survivors and facilitates weekly group sessions for her local Adult Detention Center Women’s Unit. Since 2018, Paige has worked with the Virginia Department of Corrections (VADOC) Victim Services Unit to facilitate the US Department of Justice Victim Impact: Listen and Learn program. She addresses incarcerated individuals all over the state, focusing her message on personal accountability, the impact of crime on victims, the “ripple effect” of crime, and victims’ rights. Additionally, Paige provides training to law enforcement, corrections officers, and community agencies on interpersonal violence and has been advisor and mentor to community and school-based programs serving sexual and domestic violence victims.

For her efforts in the community, Paige was named the 2019 Prince William County Sexual Assault Services Volunteer of the Year, and in 2020 was the recipient of the Prince William Influential Women Award.


Nicole Noblenicole vol

Nicole recently opened Back to the Gypsy, an adorable shop in her hometown of Neosho, MO. Through her shop, Nicole donates her time and goods to create baskets for diverse organizations including the Neosho High School Alumni Association, Faithful Friends Animal Shelter, Project Prom, Fire Protection, and others. These baskets are provided free of charge for charitable events, often auctioned off to raise money for those in need in the community. 


Jeremy Dollentejeremy vol

Jeremy volunteers with Hunters for the Hungry, a San Antonio Food Bank program that invites local hunters, processors, and managed land deer program permit holders to contribute specific animals for donation. The program focuses on lean protein, a crucial element in combating hunger and fostering hope for families and individuals facing hunger in Southwest Texas. Hunters get licensed through the food bank and bring in deer to warehouse coolers, then volunteers like Jeremy help process and skin the deer and vacuum seal the meat for less fortunate residents of San Antonio. As a hunter himself, Jeremy believes it's an awesome program to which he's proud to contribute. 


Damien Suggsdamien vol

Damien started volunteering for the Metropolitan Atlanta Information System Security Association (ISSA) in January 2007.  After a year of serving as Director of Member Services and Training, he was asked to serve as chapter Vice President. He was appointed President partway through this term as VP, and served in this position for ten consecutive years.  During that time, his Chapter was named Chapter of the Year in 2011 and 2012 by ISSA International.  In 2022, ISSA International awarded him the Honor Roll award for his time and service to the ISSA organization. Damien continues to serve in a advisory role to the Chapter, assisting in putting together the annual ISSA regional conference, which he did annually during his presidency.