Jimmy Greenwood, a native Houstonian, has always had a passion for community service. As a son of parents who have been outstanding roles models, he was taught at a young age that it is the responsibility of the more fortunate to help out those who are less fortunate. He feels very passionate about making a difference in the lives of young children and for them to have the same opportunities that he had as a child. Jimmy says, “I had a very blessed childhood due to my supportive parents. Every child deserves to have someone encouraging them to learn along the way.”
Instantly knowing he was called to make a difference in the Houston community, Jimmy began volunteering at Agape Development Ministries in Houston’s Historic 3rd Ward as a youth. Jimmy is now currently a senior at The University of Texas at Austin and is happy to be back in his hometown for the summer while working as an intern for JPMorgan Chase. Through JPMorgan Chase, he is volunteering as a mentor at the Summer Reading Camp hosted at Kashmere Gardens Elementary School. “I am thankful that JPMorgan Chase has summer interns volunteer together. It has allowed everyone to get to know each other on a deeper level. It is an awesome feeling to know that the company is part of something bigger in the community.”
Jimmy recognizes that every child at the camp wants to learn, but that each child learns in a slightly different way. “Some campers are not comfortable reading in front a classroom, so I work with them one-on-one. This is when I feel like I am really making a difference. It makes me think: If I would have not served as a volunteer, a boy or girl could have fallen through the cracks, because no one would have been there to give them the extra attention they needed.”
It brings Jimmy great joy to volunteer with second and third graders at the Summer Reading Camp. He explains how he thought the camps were very beneficial because the “activities make students think critically by having them draw their interpretation of a story on a poster board.” Every small deed is making a big difference in the community. Thank you, Jimmy, for being a point of light for others to follow.