Emma Kimenhour has been a proud member of Impact100 SJ for more than a year. Born and raised in South Jersey, Emma is grateful for the opportunities her involvement with this unique philanthropic group has afforded her.
“Philanthropy is the heart of Impact100 SJ,” Emma explains. “There is something empowering about connecting with a group of such dynamic, creative women – all with the common goals of transforming communities and fostering change. These goals align perfectly with the work we are doing every day at Volunteers of America Delaware Valley.”
As Director of Philanthropic Gifts at Camden-based Volunteers of America Delaware Valley (VOADV), Emma knows firsthand how one gift or donation, no matter the size, can profoundly impact a person’s life.
“Being part of an organization whose mission is to provide direct, immediate assistance to vulnerable populations is extraordinary,” said Emma. “VOADV is transforming lives each day – when it comes to helping an individual or family, we meet each person exactly where they are on their life’s journey, no matter the circumstances.”
For VOADV, caring for our communities’ most vulnerable individuals during the COVID-19 pandemic has presented its own unique challenges. Serving over 13,000 individuals each year through more than 40 outcome-driven assistance programs, VOADV is tackling this global health crisis on the frontlines – continuing to provide specialized program and services for those experiencing homelessness, individuals reentering society after being incarcerated, veterans, seniors and individuals with addiction, traumatic brain injury and/or intellectual disabilities. Staff are working around the clock to ensure services are available around the clock, without interruption, during these uncertain times.
“At VOADV, our work continues no matter the circumstance. It is not optional when the lives of so many families and individuals rely on the critical assistance we provide,” Emma explains.
Emma believes her work at VOADV, coupled with her involvement in Impact100 SJ, is part of the greater legacy she hopes to impart on the world.
“South Jersey is so close to my heart and I want to give back to the community that gave me so much,” said Emma. “I hope that through my work and philanthropic endeavors, I may empower others to make a difference and live self-fulfilled, enriched lives.”