AEO Building a Better World Volunteer of the Month: Lex, Manager – Digital Content Strategy

AEO associates share our commitment to doing better, being better and building a better world. We’re proud to spotlight our people who are making a real and lasting impact in their communities.

Meet Lex, Manager – Digital Content Strategy from our Digital Production & Content Operations team. A three-year volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of Greater Pittsburgh, Lex looks forward to growing and learning with her Little every week.

Tell us about your volunteer service with BBBS!

Volunteering as a Big was a bit scary at first, but it ended up becoming the most important and fulfilling part of my Wednesdays. It’s not just one-sided growth either– I have found that I’ve tapped back into my innocence, fun, and learning styles through time with my Little.

Why is volunteering with BBBS important to you?

Volunteering has never felt like work to me–  so when I learned what BBBS was doing for our community and the country, it was a no-brainer that I wanted to be involved in helping the world be a better place through the kids who are shaping it every day.

How many years have you been volunteering with BBBS and in your community?

I have been volunteering with BBBS for three years and have also done a bit of my own volunteering such as landscaping, aiding community youth organizations, donating and collecting goods, and advocacy.

How do you think that being an active participant in your community helps to Build a Better World?

It’s easy to sit back and hope that the world becomes better… but the day you decide to ensure it will become better because you refuse to allow it to maintain the status quo, is the day that everything will change, in yourself and in your community. Every single small effort is impactful, and when others see you doing good, they are more inclined to do the same.

What are some of the benefits and learnings you’ve gained from volunteering?

Volunteering provides perspective: it’s growth and determination wrapped in one because when you get out into the world and help humans, animals or the environment, you learn more about those spaces, which then gives you the confidence to share that knowledge with those around you. Inspire yourself and others with the power of volunteer work – giving your time and love without needing to be paid back will be the most rewarding experience for your soul.