Every week for the past six years, Skylar Mayberry-Mayes has been dedicating his time, energy and enthusiasm to mentor a young man through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Iowa.
"The mentors in my life helped me get where I am today and I want to be that same blessing in someone else's life and help them fulfill their dreams," says Skylar, a business operations support specialist in Nationwide's Des Moines, Iowa office.
Inspired by his own experience, Skylar began his journey as a school-based mentor. A year later, he shifted to a community-based mentor, which allowed for more flexibility in his mentoring strategy. Since then, Skylar was asked to join the organization's finance committee, serve on its board of directors and assist in chartering its Young Professional Advisory Board.
As for what the Volunteer of the Year Award means to him, Skylar's happy to have the opportunity to shed light on what mentorship really means to kids. He's also grateful for Nationwide and its commitment in encouraging associates to do things they're good at and passionate about.
"Working for an organization that is so supportive and encouraging of my personal volunteerism has stimulated my ambition to continue doing the things that will make a difference in my community," he says.
As the Volunteer of the Year, Skylar earns a $5,000 grant for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Iowa and two days of paid time off. Nine honorees each receive a $1,000 grant for their nonprofit organization and one day of paid time off.