Jewish Volunteer Connection
Ashley Pressman began working at Jewish Volunteer Connection in 2004 and was promoted to executive director in 2011.
“With the board, I redeveloped Jewish Volunteer Connection’s mission, vision and goals, focusing on the gap between organizations that need consistent, reliable service and volunteers who are unable to make commitments,” Pressman said. “We find low barrier entry points and build commitment over time, ensuring that everyone’s needs are met, including the volunteers who need flexibility.”
Pressman also has developed innovative programming to inspire a culture of volunteering through programs like “VolunTeams,” groups of volunteers that share a volunteer responsibility, and “Parties with a Purpose.”
She also has been a mentor and guide to others in the Jewish community. Pressman currently is working to develop a national network among similar organizations, Jewish Federation-based volunteer connectors, to share ideas, best practices and provide support to each other.