L.E.A.P. would like to congratulate Jennifer Frigolette on being hired as Outreach and Development Coordinator! Located in Fort Edward, L.E.A.P. is a non-profit community action agency that serves all of Washington County and has been aiding individuals and families in defining and reaching their goals economically, educationally, and more for over 50 years. Our services include Head Start/Early Head Start for children 0-5 and pregnant mothers, Employment Counseling for Youth and Adults, Emergency Assistance, Transportation for Senior Citizens and Adults with Disabilities, a Community Garden, and an Emergency Food Pantry.
As Outreach and Development Coordinator for L.E.A.P., Jennifer will work to educate the community about our mission, vision, and values through communication, outreach activities, and public engagement programs. She will develop, manage, and maintain an annual fundraising plan in collaboration with senior administration and L.E.A.P.’s Board of Directors, cultivate a countywide volunteerism network, and foster and maintain relationships with individuals, organizations, and other community partners. Prior to joining L.E.A.P., Jennifer worked at Glens Falls Hospital for five years as Volunteer Services and Amanda’s House Coordinator.
Jennifer’s nonprofit career began 20 years ago when she was employed as a canvasser for Clean Water Action in Washington, DC. Going door-to-door to solicit community action and money in the nation’s capital was an eye-opener for the native New Yorker. In that position she learned that she could make a difference by speaking one-on-one with individuals and raising money for important issues, and that she loved to do it! Several years later as a Volunteer Coordinator for Cleveland Reads, Jennifer saw firsthand the importance of math and literacy skills for the success of children and adults. She witnessed that volunteerism changes lives and that everyone benefits from community engagement. She was hooked! In June 2015, Jennifer started working at Glens Falls Hospital as the Volunteer Services Assistant. She managed the junior program and worked with the 100+ adult volunteers at the hospital and its offsites. In 2017 her position expanded to include the management of Amanda’s House as well. In that role, she made it her personal mission to ensure that every single person she encountered; whether on the hospital campus, at a Chamber of Commerce meeting, or at the grocery store; knew about Amanda’s House. She relentlessly pursued partnerships with businesses, individuals and nonprofits in the area, because she passionately believes that the best way to build community and help individuals is by working together.
Jennifer Frigolette was honored as one of the Post-Star’s “20 Under 40” in 2019, and received the “Patient Centered Care” Award from Glens Falls Hospital in 2018. Her community involvement over the past five years includes 4 years of membership in North Country Toastmasters, serving two terms as Vice President of Membership; 3 years of membership in the Zonta Club of Glens Falls, including serving as Treasurer, Program Director, and Chairperson of the Zonta Country Faire, and serving as the Mentorship/Education Lead for the inaugural year of the Adirondack Regional Chamber of Commerce Women’s Business Council. She is also a member of the Adirondack Branch of AAUW (American Association of University Women), has volunteered her time during the opening and closing of Wiawaka, at the Double H Ranch Annual Gala, and is currently training to become a volunteer community educator for the Alzheimer’s Association Northeastern New York.
According to Traci Ross, L.E.A.P.’s Executive Director, “All of her previous experiences make Jennifer uniquely qualified to understand the importance of each of our services and to share L.E.A.P.’s mission, values, and programs with the community so that we can accomplish our mission of supporting individuals and families in attaining self-sufficiency.”