College of Family and Consumer Sciences: December 2010
Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Program Specialist at Athens Community Council on Aging
From a young age, my mother instilled in me the value of giving to others with selfless intent. As an adult, I have carried on that goal and have been employed at and volunteered for many non-profit organizations. Some of the organizations and programs with whom I have volunteered or been employed are Foothills Gateway, Georgia Options, the Athens-Clarke County Mentor Program, Rivers Alive, Darius Goes West, Meals on Wheels, and the Athens Community Council on Aging. I am very fortunate to say that these experiences, along with the knowledge and professional skills I gained from my education at UGA, have helped me land an amazing job.
Just 1 month after graduating, I interviewed for a position and was hired at the Athens Community Council on Aging. I had been informed about the position while volunteering for Be a Santa to a Senior. The position hadn’t even been published yet, but because of my hard work volunteering and the strong relationships kept with staff, I was able to submit my resume. I started my employment in January 2011 with the Senior Service Corps of Northeast Georgia. I have since begun working with Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, due to federal budget cuts. While the transition has been an interesting one, the lessons I have learned and continue to learn every day, the volunteers and clients I have gotten to know, and the experiences I have gained through UGA have become irreplaceable. I have the kind heart my mom instilled in me, the strong work ethic my father modeled, and the professionalism, determination, and wealth of knowledge I found at the University of Georgia to thank for my success.