We have benefited from so many volunteers, it is hard to pick just one to highlight. This is our first official newsletter and everyone to come will highlight the work of a volunteer and provide you the latest on our newest volunteers.
Maureen Girouard came to Here to Serve in 2018 after spending her previous 14 years at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, where she was employed as a consummate fundraiser for the duration o
f its record-setting $1 Billing Living Proof Campaign. The Living Proof campaign raised more than any other free-standing, full-service pediatric hospital at the time of its completion in 2011.
Prior to that she gained further non-profit experience while at the American Heart Association where she oversaw operations for the four Los Angeles county fundraising offices. Her knowledge of fundraising and sharing our story was simply invaluable. Maureen shared, “one of the most important lessons I’v
e learned about fundraising and philanthropy is if you can’t speak from personal experience by having authentic passion for your organization’s mission, you’re most likely not going to be successful.”
Maureen came to us by participating in one or our care communities helping another family. She was acutely aware it takes a village to do what we do. She genuinely felt Here to Serve had to be supported as an organization so we can help more families. As Here to Serve wrestled with how to engage our care community members to support our organization, Maureen helped develop “Our Story” for support. The graphic earlier in this newsletter was one of the many things she did to share our value with our supporters. She became a vital link to our fundraising effort and in the short time she volunteered with us, her contributions were impactful and many. Maureen has since taken a position as Development Director at Professional Child Development Associates (PCDA) in Pasadena. We miss her but wish her well. PCDA is incredibly lucky/blessed to have her!