SAGE - Nancy Bond
Meet Nancy Bond. She’s giving forward by helping young adults gain a footing in life.
For Nancy Bond, karmic payback is a powerful motivation for giving forward. When asked why she invests her time and energy to help young adults succeed, her face lights up with a big smile recounting the joy she experiences when helping others.
Nancy is the Resource Conservation Specialist for Portland Public Schools where she leads conservation and sustainability programs. Balancing a full-time job, she also serves as a mentor to AmeriCorps members working through the Confluence Environmental Center to address critical environmental needs in low-income communities and communities of color. Praising the value of the AmeriCorps program, she emphasized how important it is for these members, most of whom are young adults, to have mentors taking an interest in their lives and helping them develop professionally.
For decades she has understood the importance of providing everyone with access to safe and affordable homes. Taking action, she joined the Board and is now the Chair of the Board of REACH, which develops and manages quality, affordable homes in Portland. She’s particularly proud of REACH’s efforts to support residents, including strengthening financial literacy for adults and youth through education in managing debt and savings.
In her own community, Nancy positively influences the lives of young people by volunteering for Clackamas County Juvenile Justice System, where she serves with a team to implement an innovative program of restorative justice for youth offenders, victims and their communities. The Community Accountability Panel helps hold youth accountable and teaches them new skills, while also addressing harms to victims and their community so that everyone can move forward.
For Nancy, what you give to the world comes back to you in spades. She is proud of her efforts, but quick to emphasize that volunteering is a powerful and deeply rewarding experience. Nancy’s enthusiasm for service and her vision for a thriving community is contagious; she is an inspiration to those around her.
What will you do with your one wild and precious life? - Mary Oliver
Nancy's Tips for Giving Forward
If you are trying to make more time for volunteering, look for ways to normalize volunteering in your life. Volunteering can be like recycling – at first you need to make a conscious effort to do it, but then the practice can become ingrained in your everyday life. Like recycling, you can take on a new volunteer habit, weave it into your life, and then week-by-week, month-by-month, you’ll joyfully make a big difference in someone’s life.