Jonathan Klein

Jonathan Klein is a wonderful example of a student volunteer who could well move into a role in the future as a young professional volunteer and on to a volunteer leadership role, hopefully within the American Lung Association. Jonathan, currently a student at the University of Delaware majoring in International Relations and Spanish, was working as an unpaid volunteer at the Spanish Embassy in Washington, D.C. during his summer college break. He volunteered to work at the ALA Washington Office in addition to his Embassy internship because he had additional time in the afternoons and all day on Fridays during the month of July. He had a close family friend who died of lung cancer and felt volunteering would be a meaningful way to honor his friend and perhaps make a difference in the fight against lung disease. Rather than using his free time in Washington DC to relax and pursue leisure and tourist activities, Jonathan reported to the Lung Association offices to volunteer. The staff not only appreciated his assistance but were impressed by his commitment to supporting the American Lung Association mission.
Jonathan jumped eagerly into all work assigned to him, from word processing and creating reports to reading and analyzing the responses to a survey given to National staff about competencies and qualities needed for the new American Lung Association President & CEO position. Having skills and experience in technology was a bonus as he assumed many projects for the Field Support division of the national office. He was instrumental developing sample Lung Association documents that will be important new tools for Lung Association staff and volunteers. Jonathan's fluency in Spanish also proved useful in helping us translate correspondence and materials from English into Spanish.

During his time at the DC office, Jonathan worked across all areas of the organization. He completed administrative tasks for the Congress of Lung Association Staff, the Learning Center, the National Policy and Advocacy division, Office Administration, and the Field Support division. He provided a summary report for the ALA President & CEO Selection Committee and compiled a 66-page report of field development goals for the Lung Assocuation Development division to use in their work this fiscal year. He also attended a lobbying session with a top aide of a member of Congress.

For the D.C. staff, having Jonathan's skills and time was like a Christmas present in July. We have encouraged him to check in regarding volunteer opportunities with the American Lung Association of the Mid-Atlantic when he returns to his studies at the University of Delaware.