Seizing the Opportunity

 
"How many times in your life can you do something where you know you can have an impact on somebody's life?"
 
The words of 2017 Volunteer of the Year, Jeff Battcher, who not only volunteers with United Way, but has participated for the past several years in Daybreak’s annual Sleepout to help the homeless.  Battcher serves on the national board of Depaul USA, which includes Daybreak and five other homeless shelters, as well as on the Otis Redding Foundation board. 
 
He spearheaded bringing Major League Baseball’s RBI youth baseball and softball program to Macon.  Macon RBI served more than 325 boys and girls this past year, and is a partnership between United Way, Macon Little League and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Georgia.
 
Battcher is a communications specialist who founded Battcher Communications and is consulted regularly by CEOs and Boards of Directors of Fortune 500 companies.
 
The award he's won is named after Macon-Bibb Fire Fighter, Lt. Randy Parker, who gave his life in the line on duty.