October is Domestic Violence Awareness month we are proud to support Bradley Angle. During the recent Week of Action, we shared personal stories of what Bradley Angle’s mission means to us. Check out this video to learn more!
Levé has been making an impact in the Portland community for more than 11 years now. After a decade of nonprofit partnerships, we wanted to take a moment and share what Levé has done for our own members. In this series you’ll hear from our hardworking board members, past and present, and learn how Levé has impacted their lives. Below is our fourth of the series, introducing Levé board member Lauren Post.
Lauren Post has been a part of Levé for a year and a half. She currently sits on the Marketing and Communications committee serving as chairperson. When asked, “what has Levé done for you?” Lauren’s immediate response always highlights the friendships she has gained by being a part of the organization.
It’s easy to assume that friendships would be a benefit of joining Levé, but Lauren’s story differs a bit from her Levé counterparts who are native to Portland. Having grown up in the State of Texas most of her life, Lauren moved to Portland with her boyfriend and a work-from-home job almost 2 years ago.
A great opportunity in the beautiful Pacific Northwest was something to be desired; except for the lack of people connections that comes with working from your living room. “I was excited to move to a new city but terrified by the fact that I didn’t have a workplace to initially meet people.”
After settling in, Lauren attempted to establish a consistent volunteer opportunity, but came up short. “I work for a non-profit, so I’m always looking to volunteer or get involved in the non-profit scene. I also thought it’d be a great way to meet friends.” Lauren works for the national education non-profit, City Year.
As luck would have it, Lauren was connected to fellow board member, Colleen Van Zante, which, in turn, got her an introduction to Levé. She jumped at the opportunity to get involved.
Leve, from the start, provided Lauren the opportunity to meet intelligent and funny women who are
driven to serve their local community. She loved the mission and Leve’s unique model to support the Portland area non-profits. “Levé was a natural fit for my career goals,” says Lauren, “I don’t get as much community engagement as I
would like with my remote position. Levé gives me the consistent volunteer opportunity I was searching for when I first moved to the area. Additionally, it broadens my knowledge of Portland’s needs and the non-profit landscape. I’m passionate about education, but I enjoy that each year with Levé brings on a new area of interest for me.”
Lauren also credits her work with Levé as an opportunity to stretch her skill set beyond her comfort zone. Marketing isn’t in Lauren’s background, but she enjoys collaborating with her fellow committee members to get the job done. “With every meeting comes an opportunity for us all to teach and learn from one another. So many diverse experiences from our Levé members means we’re never short on ideas and problem solving techniques to do our work well.”
Armed with a network of new friends and a connection to Portland’s non-profits, Lauren continues to be excited by Levé and the work of its non-profit partners.
Levé has been making an impact in the Portland community for more than 11 years now. After a decade of nonprofit partnerships, we wanted to take a moment and share what Levé has done for our own members. In this series you’ll hear from our hardworking board members, past and present, and learn how Levé has impacted their lives. Below is our third of the series, introducing Levé board member Lindsay Ford.
Growing up in Portland and coming back to live here again as an adult, it is easy for me to “toot Portland’s horn” about all the fantastic attributes that make it a unique city to live in. Portland keeps us on our feet and we are always learning new things about our own city as it grows and changes, much the same way we do about ourselves as we get older. When my husband and I decided to put down roots to build our family here, we also wanted to find new ways to get involved and discover our own passions – both as individuals and as a couple. Levé is an organization I had heard about through a best friend; to her this organization was not only a way to contribute towards making our great city a better place to live in but also having fun while doing it! I began volunteering a few years back, took a year off to grow professionally and then couldn’t stay away … so I came back again last year and now serve as the secretary.
The ladies I have met through this organization have inspired me to be a better person for our community, in my job and also as a friend. There are networks you get entwined with growing up in our big/little city, and the opportunity to meet new people can sometimes seem scarce. Levé has allowed me to reconnect with friends from the past while meeting a fabulous new group of young gals who share the same values as myself. Most of all, the biggest reward for giving time to Levé is the reminder that you can help to contribute to your community – whatever capacity you have big or small, all efforts are valued equally. We have a three-month old daughter now and time is very limited, but Levé continues to allow me to find new ways to contribute despite my own changing schedule. I am grateful to have the opportunity to “toot Levé’s horn” – to all the wonderful women I have met and the organizations that have taught me something new, thank you!