The next time you visit the Watkins Glen Public Library, be sure to say hello to Jason Crane. You’ll likely find him shelving a full cart of books or DVDs, or at the reception desk checking out books for library visitors.
Since 2011 Jason has been a volunteer at the Watkins Glen Public Library. Jason was seeking a volunteer opportunity where he could make valuable use of his time while giving back to his neighbors. A frequent visitor of the library, which is within walking distance of his home, Jason asked Judi Richards, Watkins Glen Library Volunteer Coordinator, if there were any tasks he could help with on a regular basis.
“It is wonderful to have Jason here,” Judi said. “He is so personable.” And if you need any help finding something to read, just ask Jason, who personally enjoys reading John Grisham novels. Jason is also a consistent volunteer at The Arc of Schuyler’s events. “I’ve been a server for the Steak Dinner at the Montour Moose Lodge, and I usually help out at the annual golf tournament fundraiser,” Jason said.
He also volunteered at the Food Bank of the Southern Tier to help pack over 1,000 meal bags for the Food Bank’s back pack program.
Jason is a member of The Self-Advocates of Schuyler County, a group of people with developmental disabilities building their independence, learning about their civil rights and responsibilities, and supporting each other in gaining confidence to speak out. Through this group, Jason helps organize fundraisers and participates in group community involvement projects.
“I like to help people,” Jason says proudly. “Through volunteering or as a Self-Advocate.”