Q & A with our WaveMaker of the Month – Dan ManeyFebruary 7, 2019
We’re pleased to highlight our OceanFirst Bank colleagues who are making a difference with the Foundation’s nonprofit community partners – we call them the “WaveMakers” and they are extraordinary leaders and volunteers.
When did you join the OceanFirst team?
A colleague reached out to me in 2017 to let me know that the Southern Region had a Cash Management position open. I knew it would be a great decision to join OceanFirst. Having worked at a very large impersonal bank for the 6 years prior, I thoroughly welcomed the opportunity to come to OceanFirst with its community culture.
What’s it like to be a volunteer?
I’ve spent 21 years as a Youth Director and I’ve counted and relied heavily upon volunteers to help me guide and influence the teens in our group. I find it very rewarding to find opportunities to offer my time and assistance to other leaders of nonprofits knowing that committed volunteers are needed to contribute to the success of a nonprofit.
Why do you volunteer/donate?
I volunteer because I enjoy helping others. I also volunteer because I feel that my family and I have been very fortunate to live a comfortable life and realize that not everyone is as fortunate, so I want to help. In addition, I want to be a good example to my sons and the teens of the youth group that I lead.
What do you love about volunteering?
The more volunteering I do and the more I learn about the missions of various nonprofits, I’m amazed and impressed with the tremendous impact that the nonprofit community has on those in need and the level of commitment I see in all volunteers.
As a volunteer, what sort of trends do you see?
In my experiences here at OceanFirst, I am very impressed with my co-worker’s dedication and willingness to sign up and help with the service projects that I’ve organized at the Cathedral Soup Kitchen, Alzheimer’s Association, Habitat for Humanity, Volunteers of America and Alicia Rose Victorious Foundation. As a long time youth leader, I am in awe of the teens today who are prioritizing community outreach and serving others. Very impressive!
What would you tell someone who is thinking about volunteering?
I would tell them how good it feels to offer help and assistance to those who are directly in need or to leaders of nonprofits who need assistance. I’d also remind them that it is very easy to make a difference and help someone. All they need to do is to make it a priority and then ask for suggestions on how or where they can volunteer.
When your friends/family find out that you are a volunteer, what do they say or ask?
My family and friends are amazed at how I find time to fulfill my numerous service commitments. I let them know I am firm believer in making time for the things that are important to you.
What motivates you to stay involved?
One of the main reasons why I stay involved is because I really enjoy it and I also like gathering and encouraging others to become involved.
How has volunteering helped your business development?
Anytime that I volunteer on behalf of the Bank, I always enjoy working alongside my co-workers, meeting the leaders of the nonprofits and getting to know the other volunteers. In most situations, during the course of the service project, my interactions with other volunteers usually leads to a mention of our amazing Foundation along with the history of OceanFirst and our exciting growth.
Does anyone in your life play a role in supporting your involvement? In providing inspiration?
Yes. My wife Marie, my two sons, Danny & John, my parents and my brother all know the importance I place on making time to help and serve others in all areas of my life. They continue to support me in all of my service commitments. In addition, a good friend of mine who I have had the pleasure of working with in youth ministry for 21 years is a great supporter and committed adult volunteer who I can always count on to assist me.