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Meghan & Jacob: Living Our Cause

Sep 6, 2016, 09:45 AM by

Meet our Living Our Cause Staff of the Month!

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Name: Meghan Laxton

How long have you worked for the Y? 9 months

Favorite fruit: All things berry.

I work for the Y because… I enjoy the people and sense of community. Working at the Y allows me the opportunity to meet a wide variety of people, which I especially appreciate because I am relatively new to Colorado. Because I also live in Lafayette, the community connections that I have made by working here has made it easier for me to feel a sense of belonging.

Hobbies include: Hiking, road-tripping.

The most fun part about my job is… Being able to make kids laugh. I find that most times the laughter is infectious and has a positive effect on the mood of the whole room. It’s fun to have a job where you can spend part of the day reading Dr. Seuss, coloring pictures of Disney characters and dressing up as a princess.

Favorite band: Widespread Panic.

The most meaningful part of my job is… Making kids smile, especially when they don’t want to. Everyone has a tough day once in a while, and the toddler and pre-k sets are no different. When I am able to comfort a sad, stressed or scared child and make him or her feel safe enough that they give me a smile, I can’t help but love my job.

Favorite movie: The Princess Bride, Forrest Gump.

The biggest lesson I’ve learned while working at the Y is… That there is a little bit that can be learned from everybody. Being able to meet and interact with such a wide range of people has reminded me that we all have something to offer. Whether it’s chatting with the SilverSneakers in the lobby about the old days or listening to 5-year-olds lecture about fairness, there is always something to be gained. But probably the BIGGEST lesson I’ve learned is that it takes an engineer to correctly operate a diaper genie!!

Favorite sports team: All teams Philadelphia!

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Name: Jacob Heilveil

How long have you worked for the Y? 1 year.

Hobbies: Working out, raising children, gardening.

I work for the Y… To support my three children.

Favorite music: Reggae.

The most fun part about my job is… Getting to know the members.

Favorite movie: The Godfather.

The most meaningful part of my job is… When members tell me they are having a great day.

Favorite way to relax: Napping.

The biggest lesson I’ve learned while working at the Y is… Be more understanding and be more patient.

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