Q & A with our WaveMaker of the Month – Scott SmithJune 14, 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.
How long have you been a member of the OceanFirst Bank team?
I came to OceanFirst Bank through the Sun National Bank merger in early 2018.
Tell us about your favorite volunteer activities.
I most enjoy working at the Cathedral Kitchen, which is a soup kitchen in Camden.
What motivates you to stay involved and give back through volunteering?
I want to set a good example for my children.
What activities do you enjoy in your spare time?
I enjoy coaching my daughter’s soccer team.
What do you do when you aren’t volunteering?
My wife and 2 daughters keep me very busy.
What aspects of your work at you most passionate about?
The opportunity I get to meet new people and here their stories.
Who inspires you? Why?
My brother. He is a firefighter & paramedic. The courage to put yourself in the most dire situations, to help others, amazes me.
What experience has been most impactful for you?
I recently took part in a mock interview workshop with some women who were re-entering the workforce. They were victims of domestic disturbance of some sort. Their perseverance was inspirational.
What would be the ideal volunteer activity for you – and why?
It would be around feeding those who need it. I can’t think of anything more basic, or more necessary, than feeding someone who is hungry.