Monarch Volunteer named Volunteer of the Year

Monarch Volunteer Jean Manning has been named Philanthropic Volunteer of the Year by Volunteer Houston.   

                Philanthropic Volunteer of the Year

     Jean Manning 
     The Monarch School 
Years Involved:
     5. 5 years

Jean Manning is the district manager for Starbucks Coffee Dist. 199. 

The Monarch School is located within her district, and she took it upon herself
to take a tour of our new campus in 2009.

She was deeply moved by what was happening as a therapeutic day school for individuals with neurological differences.

Her daughter was just beginning her graduate studies in Social Work, and Jean felt an immediate connection to Monarch.

Jean has introduced the school to several businesses with which she is associated and has become one of its most outspoken advocates. 


When she realized the school needed to have its fence painted and had no budget for the project, she gathered her managers and partners and they decided to make it a project-fully funding the material and providing their labor for the task.

Jean began mock interviews with Monarch students in the spring of 2010. By the spring of 2011 she was actively seeking one of the school's post-graduates for a part-time position at one of her stores! 


After interviewing several candidates, one of our female learners was offered the position at the City Centre Starbucks store, where she is currently thriving!
Last spring she conducted another round of interviews and one of our male post-graduates landed his part-time job!

The self-confidence and self-worth that these two individuals feel is astonishing.

Jean is a professional who recognizes the efforts of The Monarch School, the abilities of the organization’s special needs students, and offers them the opportunity to participate in a broader, more productive way in the community at large. 

Congratulations to our very own Monarch Volunteer Jean Manning for being named Philanthropic Volunteer of the Year.


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