Volunteer Spotlight: Jay Collier

The nature and spirit of volunteerism comes in many different forms. Jay reached out to CREA last summer to express interest in helping us with technology issues. CREA depends heavily on technology to be efficient and get our message out, but we have no IT department, and no time to self-educate about complicated technical issues. It didn’t take long to realize that we were connected with someone who understood exactly the technology challenges we face as a small nonprofit.

Caroline and Jay tackling the month’s To Do list via Zoom.

Since last summer, Jay has spent countless hours on: overseeing the transition to a new website that is much easier to navigate, update and manage; helping us create a more informative home page; introducing us to new work tools and communication options (e.g. the News page of our website); troubleshooting tech issues as they arise; and so much more. He’s currently helping us transition to G Suite for Nonprofits which will give us access to many Google applications at no cost.

Jay does all this in addition to his full-time job as Digital Communications Strategist at Maine Coast Heritage Trust. Volunteerism is a way of life for Jay. His interest in nature education, recreation, conservation, and local history has led him to support other nonprofits in this way.

He came to CREA through his daughter, who attended CREA summer camp and did field research at the Preserve as part of our collaboration with Glenn Evans’ honors biology class.

It is difficult to express how much Jay has helped us ‘up our game’ over the past year. It takes a village to keep community organizations going, and we are so grateful that Jay is part of our village!