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 Kathy Orr
Vice President, Human Resources for Availity, LLC – www.availity.com
HOJ: What inspires you to serve as a board member of HandsOn Jacksonville?
KO: HandsOn Jacksonville is the premiere volunteer agency in NE Florida and the services their volunteers provide are critical to making Jacksonville and the surrounding metropolitan area a better place to live. The CEO & staff are a highly dedicated, professional, creative group of people who understand and demonstrate the importance of service to others in the community.
HOJ: What, in your opinion are two of the most critical social issues facing our community?
KO: Education – we need to increase high school graduation rates. And criminal activity – how can we reduce it?
HOJ: You’ve dedicated a life time to volunteering. What are you currently doing?
KO: In addition to working as a church volunteer and mentoring others in career growth and development, I’m drawn to the issue of women’s heart disease. Over the past two decades there has been an increase in heart attacks for women that are often misdiagnosed – and/or the symptoms are not understood or recognized by women. Increased education is needed.
HOJ: What are you most passionate about in life?
KO: My family, my faith, equitable education for all children & teens, my work and football!
HOJ: Was there a “defining moment” that changed your life?
KO: My mother’s death. I was a caretaker for her over several years during her illness, and the day she died made me realize how short life really is, and that we need to live it to the fullest. I still miss her.
HOJ: If there was one thing you could say to someone who was thinking about volunteering, what would it be?
KO: Just do it!