“It’s a blessing to be part of the development of young people in your community, especially ones who might not have a positive figure in their lives. Giving back to the community gives me an opportunity to improve the conditions where I live.”

Jack Dogan — Retired Energy Services Rep., Georgia Power, Augusta, Ga.

Jack Dogan has volunteered in his community for the last 30 years. Education has always been near and dear to his heart. He serves as a mentor at Murphy Middle School, one of Augusta’s inner-city schools, in the Realizing Education Achievement Can Happen (REACH) Georgia program. As part of the REACH program, Jack mentors two students twice a month.

Through REACH, mentors typically only mentor one student at a time. When Jack realized there were more students than volunteers, he stepped up to mentor two boys. He admits he was blessed by the experience.

The same passion for education seems to run in Jack’s family. His daughter is a teacher and his wife works in Murphey Middle School’s guidance office – the same school Jack volunteers at. She is the one who turned him on to serving when the program needed more mentors.

Jack’s involvement in education initiatives didn’t end with REACH, he has volunteered at Murphey Middle School for several years in whatever capacity he was needed.

“Some activities included my wife and me adopting students and sponsoring them for the 8th grade prom, serving at the concession stand during basketball games, and sponsoring and serving at the annual sports banquet,” he said.

A Georgia Power employee for 31 years, Jack served as a presenter of PowerTown, a safety program presented to students in public and private schools and summer camps, for Georgia Power, and taught an economics program through Junior Achievement.

Jack’s volunteer efforts in his community have not gone unnoticed either. In recognition of his service at Murphey Middle School, he received the school’s Volunteer of the Year award in 2013.

“My life has been enriched by all the lives I have been able to touch through volunteering. While I have enjoyed the living I have made through working at Georgia Power, my life has been most enriched through giving,” said Jack.

Even in retirement Jack plans to continue volunteering in schools throughout the Augusta community.