“One of the first volunteers on the ground was Janet, who came to assist in the recovery effort,” board Chairman Joe Sheffey said. He pointed out that Jonas was hired as a part-time volunteer coordinator in late May “due to the large number of individuals offering their help to the communities devastated by these storms.
“Over the next two years, Janet helped to coordinate the construction of 18 homes built using volunteer labor, which amounted to over 63,000 volunteer hours,” Sheffey added. “In addition, she has helped to account for and track nearly $1 million in donated funds from a wide variety of sources.”
Jonas currently acts as housing coordinator for the $1.4 million Community Development Block Grant-funded tornado recovery projects awarded to the town of Pulaski and county. With these funds, Sheffey said, an estimated 26 additional homes will either be rehabilitated or fully replaced and “Janet will be the key figure in making those projects a reality.”
Jonas lives in the town of Pulaski with her husband, Tim, and two teenage children. She uses her spare time to volunteer in other community projects such as Our Daily Bread at the Pulaski Presbyterian Church, the Housing and Development Authority and she also serves on the town of Pulaski’s Industrial Development Authority.
Her hobbies include knitting and quilting.