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Meet T'Shawn Rivers!

Meet (and friend!) T'Shawn Rivers, a Raiser's Edge and eTapestry user, with Women's Resources of Monroe County.
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Meet T'Shawn Rivers!
 

This week's member spotlight shines on Raiser's Edge and eTapestry user, T'Shawn Rivers, with Women's Resources of Monroe County.

T'Shawn's Community Profile

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Tell us about your family (fur babies count!) "I am married with two adult children and I have two granddaughters.  I have a small dog who's name is Chase and he is a 6 and a half year old bichon frise."

Where do you live? "Pennsylvania."

What do you like to do for fun? "I love spending time with my dog and taking long walks.  I also enjoy knitting and reading and keeping up with family and friends on social media."

What’s a life achievement you are particularly proud of? "I'm proud of my career achievments but I'm most proud of my two adult children, who have grown into amazing people, my son is a mentor to young fathers and supports the Pregnancy Resource center as a counselor, a Sunday School teacher and plays the bass guitar in the church band.  My daughter is an amazing insurance claims associate for Bershire Hathaway Guard and finished top of her class a a psychology major.  I have two beautiful granddaughters aged 8 and 3 and one due in February 2018! :-)"

What’s one memory that always makes you smile? "Holding my granddaughter for the first time right after she was born.
What is one interesting fact about yourself most people don't know?
Hmmmmmm, I'm an open book, pretty much, but most people don't know that I wanted to be a nurse, but in my teenaged years, working with the complexity of flow charts and computers lead me to the tech world."


What are three things on your bucket list? "Pay off all my debts; support animals in need of shelter; have my own life coach business to help people be the best that they can be."

Tell us about your organization: "Women's Resources of Monroe County, Inc. began in 1980 and was founded by Camille Breslauer.  With a passion for helping women affected by abuse, Camille started this organization from her home, and with outreach, volunteers and support from the community, this agency grew to what it is today - a safe haven for all who come to our agency in need of shelter from abuse.  Women's Resources provides a 24 hour hotline; legal advocacy; prevention outreach and education to the community; free confidential shelter and a host of additional resources for women, children and men.  We serve the Monroe County region of Northeast Pennsylvania and we are located in Delaware Water Gap, PA.  We employ approximately 20 staff including counselors and administrative staff.  We have recently opened two satellite offices in other areas of Monroe County to better serve our community.  Our mission: To provide a safe and caring environment that encourages healing and empowerment for anyone whose life has been impacted by domestic and sexual violence. We strive to engage our community through awareness, advocacy, and prevention."

What’s a typical day like for you? "Since I am both the Events and Fundraising Coordinator as well as the DBA, my day generally starts between 7:30 am and 8:00 am and stays pretty busy until the end of the day.  I've been with Women's Resources for just over a year and inherited a "not too clean" database.  So the work is consistently non stop.  Including anwering emails, running reports, gift entry, consistent database clean up and we are currenly converting from eTapestry to RE NXT, completion scheduled for November, so lot's to do!!"
What’s the best part of your job? "The best part of my job is knowing that because of what I do, a survivor of domestic violence or sexual assault will have a safe place to come for support.  It's rewarding to work at an agency that is truly giving back to society in a very special and important way."

What advice would you give someone starting out in the non-profit field? "Do your research and be sure that you are accepting a position at a non profit for the right reasons.  Most non profits may not pay very well depending on your position, but what they offer in other ways will make it that much more rewarding. Additionally, most non profits have longevity when it comes to employment.  If you are looking for a career and a "work home" where you can retire, non profits can be very fulfilling."

What do you love about the Blackbaud Community? "I like the ability to meet people who are using the same database and can shed light on ways to do certain things more efficient.  I also like meeting new people and seeing how they use the database.  It's a great opportunity to get acquainted with people like me."
Finally.. if you had a theme song when you walked into a room, what would the song be? "I Believe I Can Fly!"
Posted by Crystal Bruce on Oct 18, 2017 9:00 AM America/New_York

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Keep up the good work! 
  • Posted Mon 23 Oct 2017 10:05 PM EDT