Janie Hertan’s Journey of Joy through Volunteering
What brings joy to your life? Maybe it’s visiting your favorite bookstore or coffee shop, or taking a long walk. For Janie Hertan, it’s volunteering. In her 25 years at FedEx, Janie has embodied what it means to proudly wear the purple shirt both on and off the clock. From planning events to executing projects, she’s led hundreds of FedEx volunteers over the years and inspired them to give back to their communities.
Although Janie’s passion for volunteering comes from a selfless and simple desire to help others, she recently received one of the not-for-profit community’s highest honors: The March of Dimes Woman of Distinction Award. The March of Dimes works to help more moms have full-term pregnancies and healthy babies, through education and supporting research. When asked how it feels to receive the award, Janie smiled and said, “It’s an honor to be recognized and to share that special moment with friends and family.” She credits her experience at FedEx with preparing her to make deep and long-lasting impressions inside volunteer organizations: “I use a great deal of the business acumen I’ve developed at FedEx to improve the processes and goals of non-profits to increase their productivity and efficiency.”
Janie first joined the March of Dimes Board in Broward County, Florida, in 2005 and later chaired the board from 2008 through 2014. For the last three years, she’s personally sponsored the “Champions Tent” for the March for Babies walk. The tent recognizes those who have helped raise over $1,000 dollars for research into the causes of and ways to prevent premature births. In 2015 alone, under Janie’s leadership the March of Babies campaign raised over $20,000, up from $6,000 the year before.
Janie also serves as the regional lead for the Palm Beach County Safe Kids Campaign, an initiative dedicated to protecting children from unintentional injuries like those resulting from motor vehicle accidents and sports, and has served in that capacity since 2003. Her leadership as the southeastern regional volunteer coordinator for the FedEx and Safe Kids “Walk This Way” child pedestrian safety campaign allowed Janie to be chosen as one of ten FedEx employees asked to ring the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange in 2014, when FedEx celebrated its 15th anniversary as a supporter of Safe Kids Worldwide.
In addition to her involvement with the March of Dimes and the Safe Kids Campaign, Janie also actively volunteers for the Lupus Foundation, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Kids in Distress’s Duck Derby and the Inlet Bike Race. FedEx and the communities we serve are made better by the efforts of all-star volunteers like Janie Hertan.
For the last 13 years, her work as the Fort Lauderdale market coordinator for the FedEx Cares volunteer initiatives has enabled hundreds of FedEx employees to make lasting impacts in their communities. But if you ask Janie about the extra workload she’s taken on through volunteering, she says, “It is not volunteer work.” She call it “volunteer fun” because it bring joy to her life.