HandsOn Jacksonville claims bragging rights to an amazing board of directors! We’d like you to get to know them all, so over the next few weeks we’ll be shining the spotlight on them. You’ll get an inside peek at who they are, what they do, what they’re passionate about and how they’re making our community a better place for everyone.
Meet Jay M. Howanitz, Esq.
Partner at Spohrer & Dodd, P.L. www.sdlitigation.com
HOJ: What inspires you to serve as a HandsOn Jacksonville board member?
JH: Giving back to a community that has provided so much to my family and me. HandsOn Jacksonville provides so many opportunities and resources to allow people to make Jacksonville an even better community. I wanted to be a part of an organization that is determined to provide the people of Jacksonville with a bright future. I wanted to be a part of the solution.
HOJ: What in your opinion are two of the most critical social issues facing the First Coast?
JH: Education and community pride.
HOJ: What volunteer activities are you currently participating in?
JH: Pro bono legal aid; assisting people with disabilities; participating in programs for elementary – high school students such as tutoring, life-skills mentoring, collegiate interviewing preparation, etc.
HOJ: What in life are you most passionate about?
JH: Family and community.
HOJ: Do you have a hidden talent?
JH: Yes! The ability to cook.
HOJ: What would you say to someone who may be considering volunteering?
JH: Never pass up the opportunity to help someone else. The end result means so much more than the time and effort you put in. Don’t just stop at volunteering – work to get others involved!
Jay Howanitz is also a graduate of the Blueprint for Leadership Class of 2009!