We are excited to announce that our August Volunteer of the Month is Jacqueline Rodriguez!
Jackie grew up in Chicago and attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she earned her Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s in Accounting. Following her return to Chicago, Jackie began working for the Ernst & Young consulting firm but it was not long before she switched her path and joined Groupon.
Jackie has been working for Groupon for over 5 years now and is currently a Sales Strategy Manager. In her role she focuses on a feature for Groupon’s app called “Beauty Now” that allows in app users to seamlessly book and pay for salon and spa appointments directly through the app. In addition to Jackie’s position as a Sales Strategy Manager, she also co-chairs an employee research group called Groupon en Español.
Recently, Jackie recognized the need that Make-A-Wish IL has for more Spanish speaking and bilingual Wish Granters. In recognition of this she coordinated a presentation for Groupon en Español and other Groupon employees about Make-A-Wish volunteer opportunities! After such a successful presentation, Jackie is hoping to continue recruiting more of her co-workers to support Make-A-Wish via volunteering or fundraising. In addition to recruiting more bilingual Wish Granters within her work community, Jackie is an amazing Wish Granter herself!
Jackie first experienced the impact of a wish when her niece was granted one over 9 years ago. She was moved by the kindness of strangers who were so willing to give aid and hope to her family members going through a dark time. Jackie shared that upon losing her niece she immediately decided to volunteer for Make-A-Wish. “I knew I wanted to provide hope to families in moments of darkness and bring some of the most memorable and life changing wishes to life for children with life threatening illnesses. After volunteering with this organization for so many years, I can say without a doubt that I HAVE done all of these things,” says Jackie.
Jackie finds fulfillment in volunteering for Make-A-Wish through the strong connections she forms with wish children and families. Volunteer Coordinator Marisa Bognanno exclaims, “Jackie is a passionate supporter of the Make-A-Wish mission and she truly understands how important it is for our Wish Granters to bond with their wish families!” It is clear to all who have worked with Jackie that she is driven to spread the Make-A-Wish mission and that she works hard to make every child’s wish experience special.
Thank you and Congratulations, Jackie! We are lucky to have such a devoted Make-A-Wish supporter and Wish Granter!