Serving the community can mean a lot of things.
Sometimes it means being on the front lines – like mentoring children or distributing food to the needy. And sometimes it means being in the background – like volunteering time and business expertise to keep community agencies stable, strong and healthy.
She serves on the board of directors of the YMCA and YWCA of Hazleton, helping support the services the Y provides to all segments of the community. Before that, she was active with Leadership Hazleton, an affiliate of the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce that brings together professionals with an interest in the future of the community.
Amanda serves as the secretary of her local fire company, the Sheppton-Oneida Volunteer Fire Company, and of the East Union Township Volunteer Firefighters’ Relief Organization. Also, she is the secretary of the high school Quarterback Club at Marian Catholic in Tamaqua, which raises funds to support the school’s football team.
Part of what she brings to these roles, Amanda says, is her business experience.
“I’m able to help them and understand what they need to do,” she says. “These are all nonprofit organizations. They don’t think as a business does. With business experience, it helps to bring that viewpoint over to these organizations.”
Amanda also takes pride in making connections between agencies. For instance, when a triathlon organized by the YMCA and YWCA needed fire police to direct traffic, Amanda turned to her local fire company contacts to recruit volunteers.
So, while her volunteering experience isn’t all board meetings – “that’s the easy stuff, going to board meetings” – Amanda takes pride in her leadership roles.
“I think that’s what my community volunteering is about — making sure these organizations are successful,” she says. “Utilizing my skills to help them become successful.”
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