At Endeavor, we take pride in making a difference in the communities where we live and work. Endeavor employees recently fundraised more than $10,000 for Feeding America, the nation’s largest hunger-relief organization. The donations assisted our nationwide network of food banks deliver programs at the front line of hunger.
A former Endeavor flight attendant, Jaki Eno, embodies the Endeavor way of making a difference in world – and she has taken that mindset to her next career path. Jaki just recently transitioned from a flight attendant to working for the organization, Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin.
Jaki’s energy and attitude is contagious, and she was involved in a variety of programs at Endeavor, including the Flight Attendant Mentors Program.
“She was always positive, always had a smile on her face and always willing to go above and beyond to help. Her Mentees, fellow Mentors and myself loved her and are going to miss her. I’m excited that she’s going to do what she loves – which is helping others,” Lori Goodman, Program Manager, Inflight Quality Assurance
During the pandemic, Jaki took a leave of absence from Endeavor and decided to spend her free time volunteering at Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin.
“I worked at the warehouse and I saw the need for help. I always said, ‘If you need someone let me know!’ I was thinking that would be two-five years down the line. But about a month later they told me they had a position opened up,” Jaki said. “It was one of those things where I knew it was where God was leading me, and it worked out better than I thought. Everything came into place very quickly.”
Jaki recently began her role as the Volunteer Program Specialist but still feels her wings from Endeavor.
“I feel like I’m a flight attendant on the ground,” Jaki exclaimed. “It feels very similar to working for Endeavor, with a slight change of people and cause.”
Jaki works with a variety of volunteers each day, giving them a tour of Feeding America-Eastern Wisconsin and demonstrating what foods they will be working with that day. The volunteers then sort the food, such as meat, rice, cereal and pizza, into banana boxes to then provide to local pantries and families in need.
During this pandemic, Jaki realized that she needed to continue to help those in need every day. Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin has provided over 30 million meals since the pandemic hit in March 2020.
“I realized it’s not about me and what I want. I feel very blessed with what I have in my life. It’s about taking care of other people, especially with food,” Jaki said. “We only have one life to live, so let’s be useful every single day.”
“I always felt that way with a flight attendant. I wanted to make sure our customers had a great experience and flight. We are here to make your day awesome, and that’s the same way I feel about working at Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin.”