Jeremy James, owner of James Investment Group and Certified Financial Planner, said he considers himself a “numbers person.” In fact, numbers are what drew him to serve on The Crisis Center Board of Directors.
“When I learned the number of people – the number of children in our community who are food insecure, and the number of people in need of emotional support–I knew I had to be a part of this organization.”
When James first joined the Board of Directors in 2013, he had only a surface knowledge of all the services provided by The Crisis Center. As he learned more, though, he became increasingly committed to helping fulfill The Crisis Center’s vision that everyone in our community has support in their time of need.
“The staff and volunteers work so hard and are so passionate,” James said. “This organization is so easy to trust and want to invest in.”
James doesn’t just invest his time; he has also grown as a donor, making gifts to the warehouse remodel project and the Hunger Banquet, as well as joining Mission Circle, The Crisis Center’s monthly giving program.
“When you see the numbers, it’s hard not to grow in commitment to this organization,” said James.
It wasn’t just the number of people served that moved him. It was also The Crisis Center’s Hunger Banquet, the annual event to raise funds and awareness for the food bank.
Both years of the event, James has been the one at the table without a meal. Though others at the table tried to share, he refused.
“It made a profound impact on me,” James said. “I can’t imagine doing that every night, but there is an unacceptable number of people in our community who do experience that regularly and are unable to get their nutritional needs met.”
As the fiscal year 2019 board chair, James feels he will make a major difference in the community. “This is an exciting time to be part of The Crisis Center board and I feel like I’ll have the opportunity to be part of launching some very exciting new programs, like the expansion of crisis chat across the state,” James said. “It’s just very exciting to see these programs from their infancy.”