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Volunteer Reflection on the Power of Giving Back

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Draping medals at the 2016 Special Olympics Vermont Winter Games
Jessica Ryan-LeBlanc is a law enforcement officer with the Rutland County Sheriff’s Department. A Rutland native, Ryan-LeBlanc was looking for a career where she could have a positive impact on the lives of the people in her community and found her way into law enforcement. She first volunteered to drape medals at a Special Olympics Vermont Bowling Tournament and has since volunteered twice for the Law Enforcement Torch Run. “The feeling of being there when the athletes are focused and giving it their all is an overwhelming feeling of positivity. I walked away with a very happy spirit that day and I hope that the athletes realize how much they give back to the volunteers as well.” Now a School Resource Officer, the most rewarding part of her job is forming relationships with students and ensuring that students from pre-K through high school have positive interactions with law enforcement. And while she is not an official coach or volunteer with the Unified Sports team, Ryan-LeBlanc often finds herself attending practices and helping students learn new skills. She believes Unified Sports has a significant impact school culture. Deputy Ryan-Leblanc is a member of Vermont’s Law Enforcement Torch Run Executive Council. “I feel like I can give a lot,” she says. “But I’m getting so much more than I am giving.”

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Thank you to all of the volunteers who make Special Olympics possible.