Doing good in the ‘hood
MUNCY-Bracing for a windchill of 28 degrees, a group of dedicated students and adults participated in cleaning up borough streets last Saturday morning.
Nearly 30 teens, active members of the Future Business Leaders of America organization at Muncy High School, reported to 9 North Washington Street, address of State Farm Insurance agent Janessa Mitterling,
Mitterling has been established since December 2016 as an occupant of Suite 1 in the Washington Square building, the building formerly known back in the day as the A & P grocery store, Bob’s Market and later, Lantz’s Market.
Donning red t-shirts which read “Doing Good in the Neighborhood Crew,” the group divided into small clusters and embarked into all directions, raking leaves to the curb and collecting wind-tossed trash on residential and business properties. Earlier in the season, members spent time beautifying the business sector, planting colorful mums in urns that were placed in front of businesses.
It’s not the first project Mitterling has partnered with the FBLA group, said Heather Zimmerman, Business Education instructor and FBLA Advisor at Muncy High School. Since December 2017, Mitterling visits Zimmerman’s classroom each semester, providing information regarding insurance and risk management for students.
Another example of Janessa’s commitment occurred in July 2018. Torrential amounts of rain inundated the area, causing Glade Run to overflow its banks, resulting in flood debris when the waters receded. Mitterling, who lives in Shamokin Dam, helped organize volunteers to assist affected homeowners with flood clean up in Muncy.
Beyond bringing additional beauty to the borough, Janessa also financially sponsors FBLA members to compete in the state and national FBLA conference. Before setting out to rake on Saturday, an oversized check for $500 was presented to FBLA officers and Zimmerman. The funds were provided by the Good Neighbor Grant Team program, which encourages agents like Mittlering to give back to the communities where they live and work. Criteria for consideration of awarding the grant includes collaborating with nonprofit organizations, such as the FBLA chapter, and accruing a minimum of 40 hours of volunteer service per year.
“I like the idea of being an entrepreneur and that the organization is about future business leaders, innovation and community service, ” Mitterling said, prior to grabbing a rake to help assist students. “Their vision aligns with my vision,” she said.