We have a lot of new faces around the office these days. Shannon Gurule (pronounced “guru-lay”) joined our team this week as our new HR Coordinator. To learn more about Shannon, please see a quick Q&A below.
At Families First we often hear from community members, partners and volunteers who are looking for ways to help but don’t always have the time or money it takes to make a positive impact. Based on your feedback, we have developed an opportunity that gives every person, regardless of age or income, the ability to do something for families in need.
Our new social media initiative, “Wishlist Wednesday” kicks off today, June 18, 2014. Each month we’ll focus on a theme and ask for specific donations around that theme on Wednesdays. Here is an example of how it would work:
Monthly Theme: Back to School
Wishlist Wednesday, Week 1 – Crayons and/or Markers
Wishlist Wednesday, Week 2 – Pencils and/or pencil pouches
Wishlist Wednesday, Week 3 – Backpacks
Wishlist Wednesday, Week 4 – Calculators
We will post our “Wishlist Wednesday” item of the week every Wednesday morning on our Facebook and Twitter pages and our Midtown office will accept those donations throughout that week. The items that are donated will be given directly to families in need within our community.
It’s was our goal to create an opportunity that would fit any budget and work with everyone’s schedule, while giving individuals, families and groups the chance to give back to their community. We also hope that you will share these posts with your social media network so that our reach can increase to others in our city. It’s basic math; the more items we collect, the more families we can serve. We hope that this opportunity excites you as much as it does the staff of Families First and we can’t wait to share the successes of this initiative with you in the future.
If you’d like further information about the Wishlist Wednesday initiative, please contact Ashley Uffner at 404-853-2857 or firstname.lastname@example.org. To find out more about our organization, please visit http://www.familiesfirst.org.
Ashley Uffner is the new Volunteer Coordinator at Families First and we liked her so much, we wanted to be sure you got the chance to know her as well!
Hometown: Born in Ridgewood, New Jersey but grew up in Marietta, Georgia.
College/University attended: Kennesaw State University
Degree/Major: Bachelor of Science in Communication
What excites you about your new position? One of my passions is volunteering so I love being able to work with people that share in that passion. It’s a great feeling to be able to connect people with volunteer opportunities that are important to them while helping others in need.
Why is your job so important to Families First? Volunteers are the lifeline of a nonprofit organization! They play a huge part in helping us serve our clients through programs like Adopt-A-Family.
What is one thing you already love about Families First? I love that everyone is passionate about their job and the end goal of why we are all here at Families First.
What is your favorite book? The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch
Worst food you’ve ever tasted: Saimin – a traditional Hawaiian dish
Spouse/pets: I am a newlywed! I married my husband, Brandon, in October 2013. We have 2 dogs – Ella and Darcy.
Dream job: This job! And maybe a little race car driving on the side.
Hobbies: I love going to concerts, hiking new trails and spending time with my family.
One thing people don’t know about you: I am addicted to sugar!
Favorite quote: “Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked, in which you can walk with love and reverence.” –Henry David Thoreau
First paying job: Hostess at a restaurant
Do you volunteer anywhere? I volunteer at the Atlanta Community Food Bank and Atlanta Pet Rescue.
If you’re interested in volunteering with Families First or would like more information about our organization, please visit http://www.familiesfirst.org. To contact Ashley directly about volunteer opportunities, please call 404-853-2857 or email email@example.com.