This year, the PCNRC blog features profiles of our community partners to introduce you to the people behind your programs.
Ani Etter is the Program Manager at Volunteer Center @ RSVP, an agency that connects and supports volunteers and nonprofits.
Ani is a joyful leader and will present our April 23@4 program on Volunteers with Sandy Screeton, Volunteer Coordinator at ACPL. We’re sharing this post as a preview to that program and National Volunteer Week (April 21-27).
Enjoy meeting Ani!
1. What nonprofit do you serve in our community and how do you do it?
I serve as the Program Manager at the Volunteer Center. Our agency works with over 80 different non –profit and civic agencies in the community addressing issues such poverty, financial literacy, environmental awareness, veterans, military families and many others. We connect volunteers with non-profit agencies in the community, and provide them the opportunity to find their passion, connect to a cause, and serve.
2. What is your favorite part of your work?
Without a doubt- the volunteers I meet every day! Their life stories, generosity and willingness to give back are astounding! They never cease to surprise me!
3. What’s the scariest thing you’ve ever done?
Coming all the way from Puerto Rico at 18 years of age to attend college at DePauw University! It took me about five minutes to realize that the English the Spanish speaking nuns had taught me was not going to cut it!
4. What is your favorite thing about our community?
The diversity that has become such a great part of our city! When I moved to Fort Wayne in 1986, it was two weeks before I met anyone who spoke Spanish. Now we have people from all ethnicities and backgrounds. They enrich our lives, expand our horizons and increase our understanding of the world and its people.
5. What children’s book character did you most identify with growing up?
As a kid, I was fascinated by Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn and all the adventures they had and the situations they found themselves in. Growing up in Puerto Rico, the Mississippi River seemed a world away!
6. What makes you happy?
Family time spent anywhere with my husband and visiting our son at Indiana University Bloomington! Nothing beats that!
7. EBook or traditional print?
Traditional print…A hot cup of cocoa, my blanket and Mary Higgins Clark or Janet Evanovich.
8. If you could talk to your nine year old self, what would you say?
9. What would I find in your refrigerator right now?
BabyBel lite cheese, Chiobani Greek yogurt, lean ham, veggies, grapes, pita bread, and my favorite, Coke Zero. It is all part of the new healthy me!
10. Would you rather be a lion tamer or swim with sharks?
A lion tamer! I like cats!