2013 will bring a few changes to our blog, the most exciting of which is the announcement of our new guest blogger.
Amber Recker, director of development and marketing for Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana, prolific local blogger, and community volunteer, will bring you “Marketing Minute,” monthly posts all about nonprofit marketing.
While you probably know Amber through her active community involvement, we’d like to give you the chance to meet her here, through a fun feature we’re launching this year.
This year, the PCNRC will feature profiles of our volunteer team-members and community partners to introduce you to the people behind your programs.
Without further ado, meet Amber!
1. What nonprofit do you serve in our community and how do you do it?
I am the director of development and marketing for Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana, but I also serve other non-profit organizations in town through various volunteer roles. Currently, I am the president of Anthony Wayne Rotary, the local chapter of Rotary International, a 1.2 million member organization that focuses on local and international service projects. I also volunteer for Young Leaders of Northeast Indiana as the communications chair.
2. What is the favorite part of your job?
Waking up each day knowing that every ounce of energy I put into my job yields direct, tangible help for people in our community who need it is a pretty special feeling. I also enjoy meeting our clients, volunteers and donors.
3. How did you come by this work?
I volunteered for Cancer Services for several years before I joined the staff. Several of my family members have dealt with cancer, so I understood the value in the programs and services offered here. I eventually joined the board, and when a position opened up, I was invited to join the staff.
4. What is your favorite thing about our community?
I love how accessible our community is, and I don’t mean this in terms of proximity to major metropolitan areas. I mean, if you want to see a Broadway quality show, you can do so at our Embassy Theater, and it is affordable. If you want to eat at a locally-owned, quality restaurant, you can do so without having to wait hours and hours. If you want to start a movement, the community here is small enough to connect with the appropriate people and large enough to make a real impact. Fort Wayne is a place where you can enjoy its amenities and get things done.
5. What one word would your friends use to describe you?
A friend once called me effervescent. I like that!
6. Ebook or traditional print?
Both. I held out against e-books for a long time. I felt a fierce devotion to the printed page, but then I received a Kindle for Christmas a few years ago and it has grown on me. I love the e-books loan program through the library and how convenient it is to check them out via the website. It has increased my reading exponentially, though I do like to read traditional print books whenever I can.
7. What children’s book character did you most identify with growing up?
Harriet the spy. My father kept journals and to emulate him, I did too. After I read Harriet the Spy, my journaling increased tenfold. I had spiral notebooks full of observations about my family and friends. I identified with that book, which helped me cultivate a love for reading and writing.
8. What’s your favorite color?
It changes all of the time. Today it’s red. If you were to ask my husband what my favorite color is, he’d say blue. My mom would probably say purple.
9. Eating out or eating at home?
We used to eat out a lot, but when my husband lost his job, we had to cut back. It was hard at first, but then we cultivated a real love for being in the kitchen together. From that, our commitment to buying local blossomed and we changed our lives- no more box, canned and frozen foods for us. We eat fresh and we eat local as much as we can. Through all of this, our food blog was born and now we are committed to helping others understand how easy it is prepare healthful meals on a consistent basis.
10. Do you have any New Year’s Resolutions?
I have way too many resolutions, but my main one is to train for and finish the Indy Mini Marathon in May.