Jeni Jenkins of Cincinnati says the best way to make a difference is by working with one’s own unique gifts. (Photo by Chris Kromer Photography)
CINCINNATI - Jeni Jenkins of Cincinnati is the first person to be featured in the WCPO feature, "Making a Difference."
CINCINNATI - Our new weekly feature will shine the spotlight on those unsung heroes among us: people who do good things for others every day, whether as a volunteer or as part of their job. Read on to find out how you can tell us about someone you know who's making a difference!
Who: Jeni Jenkins What she does: Layout work for Streetvibes Where she does it: Cincinnati
Jeni Jenkins has spent most of the past five years educating the public about homelessness. From 2009 until early 2013, she worked as the director of education and outreach for the Greater Cincinnati Homeless Coalition. She coordinated alternative spring break trips and oversaw the Voice of the Homeless Speaker’s Bureau, through which formerly homeless individuals speak to high school and college classes and church groups.
In April, Jenkins resigned from her role with the coalition and started her own graphic design business, Uncaged Bird Print and Design Studio. Through her studio, she offers graphic design services at flexible rates for nonprofits and other organizations working for social change.
She has done work for Over-the-Rhine Community Housing, Faces Without Places and the Cincinnati Youth Collaborative. She also continues to play a role in educating the public about homelessness by doing the layout for Streetvibes, an alternative newspaper focusing on homelessness and social justice issues.
Homeless and formerly homeless people contribute creative writing, poetry, articles and photography to the publication. Many of the Streetvibes’ distributors also help sell the paper.
“I guess I identify with them. I came from poverty myself, and I was homeless as a teenager. I identify with not having a voice,” Jenkins said.
How you can make a difference:
The best way to get involved and help the homeless community is by working with one’s own unique gifts, Jenkins advised. Individuals can volunteer with the Greater Cincinnati Homeless Coalition by offering their services in data collection, event planning, writing and other areas.
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