The Membership Committee is shining its Volunteer Spotlight on UUCR Member, Jesse Fortner.

Jesse has helped us tremendously with our IT needs over the past year. Upon noticing our wireless internet was unreliable and inconsistent throughout the building, Jesse streamlined the wireless system to work very effectively church-wide. This involved a great deal of time and effort to identify how best to set up the system within some unique confines of the building as well as ongoing monitoring to ensure the wireless internet is working at full capacity. Having reliable wireless internet has been very convenient and helpful for staff, church Members and Friends. Additionally, it has bolstered our rental program, allowing us to offer this important amenity to prospective renters.

More recently, Jesse spearheaded our move from Comcast to Microsoft 365 for email services.  Jesse researched cost-saving opportunities for non-profits and secured Microsoft 365 for us at NO COST (ever!). This was no easy feat, and involved a complicated and lengthy application with Microsoft.  In addition, Jesse managed the transition process and worked closely with the staff to ensure it went smoothly.  Jesse’s initiative and support with this endeavor will save the church at least $1,000 a year.  In addition, Microsoft 365 includes a variety of additional Microsoft software and functionality that will be very beneficial for staff. As Rev. Debra recently said, “Jesse Fortner devoted countless hours to bringing this new (and free) system to us! What a blessing for UUCR!”

Jesse has made a tremendous contribution to our church, allowing us to enhance our IT systems and save significant money.  We are very grateful to Jesse for his initiative, expertise and follow-through and are very pleased to shine our Volunteer Spotlight on such a deserving volunteer.