Vision: an engaged community where all needs are met.
Mission: Jericho Road Pasadena bridges communities by matching the professional talents of volunteers with the needs of community-based nonprofit organizations and businesses to promote community development, strengthen social services, and enrich the lives of volunteers.
Jericho Road Pasadena is the first west coast affiliate of the successful Jericho Road Project, which originated in 2003 on the east coast. Jericho Road Pasadena was spearheaded by members of Neighborhood Unitarian Universalist Church of Pasadena, who worked with the Flintridge Center to assess whether there was a need in the local nonprofit community for the services it offered. When the answer was a clear “Yes,” local volunteers began raising operating funds and creating its structure. Like its other national affiliates, Jericho Road Pasadena bridges communities by providing to nonprofit community benefit organizations needed professional or technical expertise free of charge. Jericho Road Pasadena finds the skilled volunteer expertise within local churches and industry, works in collaboration with local nonprofit organizations to define the skills needed to meet their challenges, and then coordinates the resulting capacity-building effort on a project-by-project basis. Jericho Road Pasadena is a non-sectarian, nonprofit corporation recognized by the Internal Revenue Service with 501(c)(3) status. The name
“Jericho Road” is derived from imagery in a sermon by the Rev. Martin Luther King, when he exhorted his listeners to follow the example of the good Samaritan tending the injured traveler on the road to Jericho. Our vision is an engaged community where all needs are met.
Jericho Road Pasadena officially opened its doors in May 2010 when Melanie Goodyear was hired as Director. Melanie comes to Jericho Road Pasadena as a nonprofit professional with more than 15 years of program experience. Melanie has dedicated her career to helping the needy, leading her to diverse experiences, such as working at an orphanage in Mexico, and doing community organizing in a poor immigrant neighborhood in San Diego. Previous to working with JRP, she has managed volunteer within public libraries and has consulted extensively with nonprofits, helping to build capacities.
- Jericho Road Pasadena’s protocols and procedures cultivate a climate of mutual respect between our volunteers and clients.
- We do not confuse our professional skills and expertise with being an expert on our clients or client communities. That is their expertise, and we respect their contributions to the process.
- Our two-way bridge between nonprofits and volunteers helps people on both sides learn about each other, share what they have learned, and break stereotypes in the process.
- When volunteers experience the strengths and richness in the lives of the people they are helping, they have the chance to experience the deeper truth of our shared humanity. As more people within a community acquire this deeper truth on a personal level, we have the potential to transform each community where the Jericho Road Project operates.
- Pragmatism. From paperwork to the work itself, we strive to be efficient and to be product-, not process-, oriented. Our purpose is to strengthen the nonprofits and community benefit organizations we serve, which are likely to be struggling, resource-scarce organizations in need of practical guidance and expertise.
- Accountability. In our attempt to create new expectations for what it means to engage in professional relationships in the absence of money–the traditional catalyst for accountability—we bring our workplace standards of professionalism to our volunteer projects. Similarly, we expect our clients to do their part to further the work. We are a high expectations organization and believe this approach will attract and retain more volunteers and clients.
Jericho Road Pasadena’s Board of Directors has deep ties to the Pasadena community. Board members include:
- Robert Harrison (Chair), Green Street Restaurant
- Judy Gain (Treasurer), retired, Avery Dennison
- Dana Wilkie (Secretary), The Sam Simon Foundation: Feeding Families
- Christine Bender, former Commissioner of Corporations for the State of California
- Susan Chandler, Huntington Library, Art Collections and Gardens, and Botanical Gardens
- Mimi Hennessy, retired, Arcadia Unified School District
- Lynn Miyamoto, Miyamoto & Florey, LLP
- Roger Patterson, the Walt Disney Company
- Henry Reed, Pasadena Advisors
- David Shechtman, Tru Progress Consulting
- Lisa Wilson, Flintridge Center
John A. Blue, Blue, Schoor & Diehl
Dr. Barbara Eaton, retired, Kaiser Permanente
Melanie Goodyear, JR Pasadena Director