Changing Adversity into Opportunity

Earlier this year, Baltimore saw some heartbreak – riots, fires and robberies. Yet in the aftermath, one local resident stepped up.


Jason Butler, a Baltimore resident and VCPI field technician, went to riot zones just three hours after the looting was over to begin cleaning and getting his then-unfamiliar city back together.

“There are lots of people who dedicate themselves to the service of others and here I am, just a guy who felt compelled to do something instead of just sitting and watching from the sidelines,” said Jason.


 “People were inspired by my being out there and they came to help. People changed adversity into opportunity and really came together to show what we were all made of. We changed the story of our city that day and I’m proud to have been a part of that.”


Jason was honored with the Governor’s Service Award on October 26th for his noble efforts during the riots.


“I’ve gotten involved with several community initiatives in the time since the civil unrest here, and am working to incorporate regular community service not only in my life, but in the lives of my family, friends, and really anyone I come into contact with,” said Jason. “I think we all have a responsibility to improve the world that we live in and nothing can touch the feeling of knowing that you were part of a positive change.”


Thank you, Jason, for your kind heart and active peace – we are proud to have you on the VCPI team!


To learn more about Jason’s impact, watch his interview from April on WBAL-TV 11 here.