SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Jessica M. Brookshire, Associate Director for Public Affairs at the University of Notre Dame was honored with United Way of St. Joseph County’s 2016 Volunteer of the Year Award at a special dinner reception held in Indianapolis on March 17th.
For over 17 years, Ms. Brookshire has been the engine behind United Way of St. Joseph County’s (UWSJC’s) top workplace campaign at the University of Notre Dame. This year, she was instrumental in assembling a panel of experts to speak at a luncheon among key campus communicators to create a better understanding of UWSJC’s new collective impact approach. The information shared was a critical component to the campus’s campaign success and further strengthened the understanding of UWSJC’s role in the community.
“Jessica’s passion for United Way’s work is demonstrated by her involvement in special projects, fundraising, events and committee membership,“ said Matt Harrington, President and CEO of United Way of St. Joseph County, “We are so grateful for her commitment to our community and her selfless support of United Way’s mission, which is truly inspiring.”
As a volunteer on the Education [2010 – 2014], Health, Income and Basic Needs  Investment panels, a significant amount of her time and attention has been devoted to determining the best way in which donor dollars can be responsibly invested among the best presented opportunities. Jessica currently sits on the Community Investment committee and is a member of UWSJC’s Poverty Strategy Team, where she collaborates with others to focus energies and resources toward the poverty reduction agenda.