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EAA Volunteering Makes Real Difference in Real World

From EAA Volunteer Newsletter, November Issue

By Jessica Luft, EAA 1084418, Sr. Human Resources Business Partner

Last month’s article, “Skills-Based Volunteering Makes a Difference” by Janine Diana, VP of People & Culture, shared how volunteering can boost one’s skills and your career. We have a success story to share with you as just one example.

Emily Noack started volunteering for EAA in the Print and Mail department this past February. When Emily began volunteering, she had very limited work experience and an unclear vision of her future career path. She did, however, have a love for aviation that came naturally in her family. Her father, Bauken, is a longtime EAA employee and aircraft builder, and her mother Tracy volunteers at EAA to help with fabric covering.

Volunteering at EAA gave Emily not only new friendships, but personal and professional growth. 

“I am a shy individual and volunteering at EAA has allowed myself to step outside my comfort zone to learn new things and meet new people,” she said. 

Jennifer Bowen and Randy Halberg from the Print and Mail Department team noted that they could see Emily grow  from a shy, reticent person to a confident and outgoing young lady.

Through her Volunteer work, Emily was able to try new things and gain a background that needed to start a career in printing.  Emily now works at Create Photo Calendars.com in Oshkosh.  The skills of binding, printing and shipping at EAA helped her obtain her new position.

Even after gaining employment outside of EAA, Emily continues to come in and volunteer.   When she does not have time to volunteer, she frequently stops in for lunch to shares what’s new and exciting for her and to keep in touch with her new friends at Print and Mail.

Emily’s future will be related to her passion for aviation and the time spent volunteering at EAA will lead her to that goal.  She is currently restoring her own airplane and pursuing her private pilot’s license.

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