Isabel Jonet is an activist against poverty, and strongly believes that volunteering is one way to create less hunger and reduce a lack of food. In 1994 she joined the Portuguese Food Bank against Hunger as a volunteer, a social institution that raises food to distribute for people in need. Food banks rely on collective volunteering to meet their goals. Her drive and passion means that today, she has gone from being the President of the Portuguese Federation of Food Banks, to becoming the President of the European Federation of Food Banks.
She launched the Bolsa do Voluntariado (“Volunteer Board”) in 2005, the largest Portuguese volunteer site, with 21,000 subscribers and over 1200 institutions. The Volunteerbook was created because social networks are today’s most used means of communication. Her efforts are so valued, that she was recognized by the Portuguese Parliament, which awarded her the Human Rights Award in 2005.
She has supported the foundation of thirteen Food Banks in Portugal. She is also the President and Founder of ENTRAJUDA, created recently to support social institutions in terms of management. She had been chosen by the European Commission to represent Portugal in the European Year of Volunteering 2011. She has driven the Portuguese food-bank to be the most successful in Europe. Reader’s Digest nominated Isabel Jonet the, “European of the Year 2012”, becoming the first Portuguese to be thus distinguished.
She had been honored by the women's magazine with the prize Active Women 1999. She has also been awarded the prestigious Catolica University Career Award 2006; AESE / PricewaterhouseCoopers Award (2005, 2006, 2007); and, Ângelo d’Almeida Ribeiro Award 2006.