My name is Susan Smith and I am the person who had the brainstorm for this project back in June of 2008. I’m not sure that brainstorm is the right choice of words, because it really came from years of wondering just exactly what it was that I was supposed to be doing in this world.
I’m not a youngster anymore, in fact I’m a mother and a grandmother. Like many of you, my family is my heart and my soul. They may make me crazy from time to time, but that’s what family is for, right?
During the early years, I was faced with providing for two young boys, primarily on my own. With the help of a few lucky breaks, I found myself in the roll of customer service/inside sales. It turns out that strong listening and communication skills have real value in a sales environment. Becoming an account executive for the company was the next logical step.
Being in sales was good to me. I was able to provide quite well for myself and the boys. But after years of selling, the work began to feel very empty.
Mid life came along, and I guess I had a crisis, because I quit my job! Yep, just decided I could not do it anymore.
Unemployemnt allowed time for volunteering. You could say it became my new profession. The only difference was that there was no income.
Instead, it became a time to learn, and learn I did.
I learned that there are many nonprofit organizations that need help and the missions of these organizations are very worthwhile. I learned that I could not possibly volunteer at every organization that I wanted to help. And, I learned that many of them could use some help in an area that I happened to know something about, online participation and communication.
So, here we are. Together We Flourish provides the platform and the opportunity to help many organizations with one tool. There is nothing more gratifying than knowing that your work helps the organizations that serve so many.
Together We Flourish became a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in June of 2010. So now, we are a nonprofit serving nonprofits. If you would like to learn more about the work that is being done at Together We Flourish, please don’t hesitate to contact me.