by David Rhode
While it may seem a little early to be proclaiming postseason awards, this one is a shoe in. Justin Briant is Pitch In For Baseball’s 2012 MVV…Most Valuable Volunteer.
Many non profit organizations will say that “volunteers are the backbone of our organization”. Well, when you ship equipment to dozens of countries around the world and over a hundred communities domestically each year with just 2 full-time staff people, than you better have some awesome volunteers. Thankfully, we do.
Justin is the kind of person who motivates me and gives me confidence that Pitch In For Baseball is truly a special cause worth supporting. He has caught the Pitch In For Baseball bug and apparently he is in no danger of getting over it any time soon. Justin is a high school senion in Edina, Minnesota. He has singlehandedly help launch PIFB’s Minneapolis branch of the organization and has helped well over 1,000 kids in his area gain access to baseball and softball through the equipment he has helped collect and distribute.
Justin has helped fan the flames of the need to collect equipment among youth baseball organizations in his and neighboring towns; worked side by side with PIFB Board President Roy Smalley III to raise awareness for our mission; volunteered at Target Field when the Twins help Pitch In For Baseball collect equipment; spent many a night or weekend meeting prospective donors to help receive their donated goods; and helped organize and maintain donated warehouse space first in a downtown facility and now in his family’s garage.
In one more case of the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, Justin’s dad Tom has been a huge advocate for Pitch In For Baseball…first supporting Justin’s various collection initiatives and then lately reaching out to members of his professional network to raise funds for our organization.
So, when you hear that volunteers are the backbone of our organization, think of Justin and the entire Briant Family and know that Pitch In For Baseball has already set the bar high to be our MVV for 2013.