What interested you in applying for an internship at GTCF?
When the internship position was first presented to me, I was not actively looking to take on any additional roles due to my busy schedule. As I continued to read about the opportunity, I became excited about what the organization was doing and I knew I wanted to be a part of it. I am always looking for a way to make a difference in the community and learn useful skills that I can apply to my own career goals along the way. This internship proved to be the perfect opportunity to do so.
As someone who has been active in multiple other community foundations around the country, the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation has always been on my radar. Early on I considered them as a top place to be employed and I continued to follow their achievements and progress in the Pierce County region. I have always been impressed by their innovative approach to grantmaking along with their methods of energizing the community which is what motivated me to become a part of it.
We are excited to announce that we're partnering with School's Out Washington to offer FREE Methods Workshops in the Pierce County area, as part of our work to boost program quality and help youth succeed in school, work, career and life.
The sun peaked through the thick grey clouds the morning of October 10th, on to the white tent situated on the corner of 17th Street and Pacific Avenue on the University of Washington, Tacoma campus. The squash colored leaves danced on the branches to the beat of the Taiko, a Japanese drum, signaling the beginning of the celebration. Cars whizzed on by the busy downtown Tacoma Street, creating a custom rhythm for the unveiling of the nine foot tall sculpture designed by the NW artist Gerard Tsutakawa and landscape architect Kenichi Nakano in memory of the Japanese Language School that once stood in downtown Tacoma.
What is your current role at the community Foundation and what drew you to this position?
My current role at GTCF is as the Spark Grant Liaison. I was drawn to this position from my previous work serving on the Spark Grant Board at GTCF. I soon realized that I wanted to become more involved in the organization than serving on the committee. A series of remarkable events that I have been honored to take part of led me to GTCF. This role is a perfect fit for what I want to accomplish for this community.
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