City Manager's Blog

Nov 17

[ARCHIVED] Honoring the Legacy of Jenny Kenoyer: The Power of Community Service and Volunteering

The original item was published from November 17, 2023 9:01 AM to November 17, 2023 9:02 AM

In the quiet corners of Modesto, California, there's a void that seems impossible to fill. A vibrant light has dimmed with the passing of Jenny Kenoyer. Her presence as a beloved councilwoman, friend, and cherished community member is deeply missed, but her legacy of community service and volunteering lives on, reminding us of the profound impact one person can have on their surroundings.

Jenny Kenoyer was more than just a councilwoman; she was a beacon of warmth, kindness, and infectious laughter in the lives of those she touched. Her love for her family, friends, and the City of Modesto was unwavering, and she channeled that love into her community service efforts. As we remember Jenny, it's a time for us to not only grieve her loss but also to celebrate her contributions to our community and reflect on the importance of community service and volunteering.

The Legacy of Community Service

Jenny's legacy reminds us that community service is not just a duty; it's a profound act of kindness and generosity that can transform lives. She selflessly served as the District 5 Councilwoman from 2013 to 2022, advocating for the needs and concerns of her constituents. Her dedication to public service extended beyond her official role, as she actively engaged with local organizations and community initiatives, leaving an indelible mark on Modesto.

Community service is not just about giving time; it's about giving a piece of your heart to a cause or a community. It's about recognizing the interdependence of individuals within a society and taking action to improve the lives of those around us. Jenny's commitment to her community serves as a powerful example of how one person can inspire positive change by dedicating themselves to the well-being of others.

The Transformative Power of Volunteering

Jenny Kenoyer understood the transformative power of volunteering. She demonstrated that anyone, regardless of their position or background, can make a difference in their community by lending a helping hand. Volunteering is a tangible way to put one's values into action and effect real change.

Volunteering is not just about the tasks you perform; it's about the connections you build and the lives you touch. It creates a ripple effect, as the positivity and goodwill you share with others often come full circle. Jenny's impact on the lives of those she served and her unwavering dedication to the City of Modesto are living testaments to the enduring power of volunteering.

Whether it's participating in local events, supporting a charitable cause, or simply offering a helping hand to a neighbor in need, we can honor Jenny's memory by actively contributing to the betterment of our community.

To learn more on how you can volunteer with the City of Modesto, visit our Volunteer Opportunities website. To explore other community volunteering opportunities visit, the Love Modesto website.

Through our collective efforts on our community, WE CAN remain a source of inspiration for generations to come.