Advancement Director, Camp High Hopes
What are you working on now?
I am finding ways to better the lives of women and those with disabilities in Siouxland. I love serving on the Women Lead Change conference steering committee. This allows me to have a part in bringing influential speakers and leaders to town to ensure that local women can attend conferences to receive leadership training, networking opportunities, and continued education. I also serve on the Board of Directors for the Junior League of Siouxland, which works to better the lives of women and the community through training and volunteering. The Junior League is an amazing way to learn about the community and its needs. I receive a lot of inspiration from the campers at Camp High Hopes. I love connecting individuals and businesses to the mission of camp to provide life-changing camp programs to people with special needs that deserve them the most!
What is your vision for the future?
I would love to see the Sioux City metro continue to grow and evolve. We are not forgetting our past, but we are shaking off the old cow-town stigmas and growing into a unique community. I hope we continue to support locally owned bars, restaurants, salons, and shops and welcome in more. I hope we continue to emphasize business and economic development. We need to ensure the stability and continuation of the non-profits in Siouxland that are doing great work. I want to see more quality-of-life enrichment opportunities in the form of new facilities, events, and outdoor recreation. I hope we continue to improve Siouxland by ensuring equality for all residents.
What would you like to see happen in Siouxland?
I would love to see more involvement in the many amazing non-profits in the Siouxland area. I would encourage those with a little time, talent, and treasure to give to an organization with a mission they are passionate about. All non-profits need a constant flow of new energy and new ideas in the form of volunteers, board members, supporters, and donors. We all may not have a thousand dollars to give, but we all have a thousand ideas of things we are passionate about. Turn your passion into action and make a difference to a local non-profit. Through action, you can truly make a difference in people’s lives.
What are you doing to make that happen?
To ensure the continued growth and stability of the non-profits in Siouxland, I volunteer and serve on several boards. I donate to the organizations I am passionate about. I keep up with local news and attend community events. I provide assistance, insight, and suggestions when asked. I serve on the board of Siouxland Philanthropy, a group that provides education and resources to non-profit development professionals in the area. I like to know what is going on in the community and work on improving it.
How can people help you make that happen?
Reach out to an organization you are passionate about and ask how you can help. Buy a ticket to the non-profit’s fundraiser you have been wanting to attend. Join the mailing list. Make a donation. Learn about volunteer opportunities. Attend open houses or other events. Follow organizations on social media to keep up with their news. Get involved to make your community a better place for everyone.
What quote inspires you?
“Those who are the happiest are those who do the most for others.” – Booker T. Washington
Junior League of Sioux City – VP of Marketing
Women Lead Change Conference – Steering Committee
Siouxland Philanthropy – Board of Directors