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Jayne Dunkmann: 'If there's time to sleep, there's time to get it done'

Jayne Dunkmann: 'If there's time to sleep, there's time to get it done'

May 20th, 2019 by Danisha Hogue in News
Jayne Dunkmann poses in her Jefferson Bank office with several event tags on her desk. Dunkmann is a very active volunteer in a number of Jefferson City activities, be they United Way or Salute to Jefferson City or school activities with her children.

Jayne Dunkmann poses in her Jefferson Bank office...

Photo by Julie Smith /News Tribune.

Jayne Dunkmann doesn't get much sleep.

In the middle of the night, she finds herself lying awake imagining campaign ideas for Jefferson Bank or her countless volunteer endeavors.

"If there's time to sleep, there's time to get it done," she said.

Dunkmann works in marketing for Jefferson Bank. She can be seen around Jefferson City promoting the bank or volunteering for a variety of causes.

The former United Way of Central Missouri fundraising campaign co-chair also has worked with Jefferson City's Salute to America festival since 2010.

The Independence Day festivities, planned this year for July 3-4, include a carnival, concerts, parade and more. The Concert Inside the Walls at the historic Missouri State Penitentiary, this year featuring Dennis DeYoung and the music of Styx on June 1, serves as a fundraiser for the activities.

"I like to be involved in Salute to America because it is the single fundraising volunteerism that I do that is for anybody and everybody," Dunkmann said. "Anyone can come to the Salute to America and do something for free."

Free services are her favorite part of being a volunteer. When called on, she doesn't mind getting her hands dirty or dedicating hours to projects for the United Way, the Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce, Capital City Court Appointed Special Advocates and other organizations.

Through the United Way, she said, she learned Jefferson City has greater needs than she imagined. Hearing the stories of people in the community helped her realize there's power in knowing and sharing the services available.

"There's so many organizations," Dunkmann said. "If you like animals, if you like babies you can go rock babies or read books to children.

"I'd say you talk to another volunteer and see how you can get involved."

Dunkmann radiates when discussing what she knows and the ways others can get involved. She said she uses her "God-given gift of gab" in all of her roles, admitting she can talk people into almost anything reasonable.

After obtaining her degree in interior design from Missouri State University, she returned to the Jefferson City area to be close to family.

Also in her free time, she enjoys walks with her husband, Jim, and dog, Pooh. Dunkmann attends church with her mother, catches up with her two daughters and reads novels in between.

At some point, she plans to retire. However, she's unsure if she will say "yes" or "no" to more projects at that point.