Meet March’s Member Spotlight – Jessica Wolf
Jessica has been heavily involved in GRYP since joining the organization in 2016 after returning to Berks County after college. She joined mainly for the volleyball league at first, but quickly realized that GRYP provided a great way to meet other like-minded individuals in the area and become more connected in the community. While continuing to be active in both volleyball and kickball leagues, it wasn’t long before she joined the Membership Committee and became a regular attendee of GRYP events including happy hours, Third Thursdays, and GRYP’s Be Greater with GRYP Leadership Conference.
Jessica’s desire to be involved and give back extends beyond GRYP. She is a member of United Way’s Emerging Leaders United and the Junior League of Reading. Through these organizations, she has volunteered with Providence House, Olivet Boys and Girls Club, VOiCEup Berks, Safe Berks and Opportunity House. She is also a Sunday School teacher and participates in mission trips to rebuild homes and communities.
Outside of GRYP, Jessica is a Creative Designer at Fleetwood Fixtures where she designs custom displays and store layouts for mid- to high-end retailers through sketching and 3D modeling. In her spare time, she enjoys being involved with local community theaters. Most recently, she performed in “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” with Reading Civic Theater and is rehearsing for the play “Divorce Sale” with Reading Community Players. Jessica can also be found swing dancing, hiking, biking and exploring the various festivals held in the Greater Reading Area.
Most meaningful achievement:
Jessica traveled to Ghana, Africa where she taught women how to recycle their plastic drinking water bags into a fabric that could be turned into sleeping mats, shoes, ponchos and soccer nets. It was an implementation of her senior thesis on how industrial design could impact and improve the world we live in. She spent two weeks traveling to villages throughout Ghana to hold workshops on the benefits of reusing/recycling and how plastic can be turned into useful products.
On being a young professional in the Greater Reading Area:
“I think there is a lot more in the Greater Reading Area for young professionals than people tend to think. There are so many ways to get involved and give back to the community. I think it’s important to be engaged in the area you’re living and working in and do what you can to make it a better place.”
Tips to other young professionals:
“Get out there and get involved! You never know who you’re going to meet or what kind of opportunities will present themselves. We each have something unique to contribute to the world and our community. Find what you’re passionate about and use that to make a positive impact around you.”