Volunteering Is a “Win-Win”


Volunteer of the Month: Ima Simmons

By Siera Toney, Volunteer CoordinatorVolunteer Ima Simmons

Ima Simmons has been volunteering with Byte Back for about two years. During her time here, she has seved as a career mentor at our Job Seekers’ Boot Camp, event support at our December graduation, and most recently, as the instructor of a PC for Beginners 1 class. She’s currently seeking her master’s degree in Business Administration from Trinity University.

Q: How did you learn about Byte Back? What were you doing before volunteering with us?

A: I started volunteering when I moved to the D.C. area to study at Trinity University. Volunteer work has always been an important part of my life. I did an online search for organizations in D.C., and Byte Back was in my neighborhood, so I signed up and attended the orientation.

Q: What has been your favorite part of serving with us?

A: I’ve seen graduates who have averted a major life crisis by partnering with Byte Back to move their lives in a different direction.

Q: Why is volunteering important to you? 

A: There are so many reasons, but I think it is especially important to provide a necessary service that positively influences the lives of others. Doing that with an organization is even better. It’s a win-win situation.

Q: What is one of your greatest memories of serving as a Byte Back volunteer?

A: I think the fellowship of working with other volunteers has created great memories. The people who I served with at my first Job Seekers’ Boot Camp were so varied and had different interesting backgrounds. I think one guy was about to start teaching abroad in Spain, one woman was a technology recruiter, another woman worked for a business consulting firm in the area. It was nice talking with interesting people who also enjoy serving the community.


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