Volunteer Spotlight: Robyn Jackson
Want to get important projects successfully spearheaded? Ask a busy person for help!
Robyn Jackson, for example. She has always helped her community with her valuable expertise and energy.
A native Virginian, Robyn—along with her husband Brian and their three sons (ages 23, 19, and 14)—are proud that Charlottesville is their home. Her many accomplishments are shining examples of how one person can make a positive difference in the community.
Robyn, who earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of Virginia, is a former French teacher and school counselor with 20 years of experience teaching children and adults. During part of that time she also managed a grant for high-risk counseling and mediation for Charlottesville City Schools.
For the past ten years Robyn has devoted her energy to The Civility School, an organization she founded to teach social skills and professional etiquette to students of all ages. Its mission is teaching respect for the comfort and convenience of others, with an emphasis on courtesy and empathy—both much needed in an era where increasing incivility is negatively impact everything from personal relations to politics to business success. The Civility School also runs the Jefferson Cotillion, which is celebrating its 40th birthday this year.
Robyn’s community service has included volunteer work for both of Charlottesville’s hospitals. She chaired the Children’s Ball, an important fundraiser for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at UVA Hospital before it found its permanent home at The Children’s Hospital. She has also spent several years on The Women’s Committee of Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital and chaired Martha’s Market, a yearly fundraiser for women’s health care. Robyn is also proud of her accomplishments with the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA’s Critter Ball and its dog show, where one of her three rescue dogs, a bassett hound named Red Bean, received a coveted award.
Robyn’s concern about her own parents’ health and decreasing social life led to her interest in The Center and her position on its Board of Directors. She is currently chair of the committee responsible for the 2019 Grand Gala, an annual Center fundraiser slated for March 16 at the Charlottesville Omni Hotel. (See our cover story for more information about what Robyn and her committee have planned, as well as details about sponsorship and its benefits.)
Thank you, Robyn, for your generous work in support of our community—we are proud to have you here at The Center!