Five years ago, Joey began volunteering at the Y to fulfill community service hours as punishment for doing donuts in his truck on the beach in West Port. Having heard about the Y from friends and family who had already worked at the Y, he was convinced it would be a great place to be a volunteer.
In his time volunteering, Joey noticed something changing. He met new people every time he walked in the door, and relationships started to form.
"I never told anyone why I was wearing that orange volunteer shirt, but while wearing it, I began to take pride in what I was doing," said Joey.
After Joey finished his volunteer hours, he became a youth t-ball coach at the Y, and worked his way to Youth Sports Director.
"I didn?t realize I was teaching more than baseball skills," said Joey. My wife and I kept coming back to coach because we had the opportunity to be a part of the ?light-bulb? moment for some of these children when they would grasp the concepts of honesty, respect, caring or responsibility."