When imagining the kind of people who might be on the board of an organization, it’s common to think of older professionals. But one group of young Toledo young professionals is looking to change the face of nonprofit boards.
Three area organizations — EPIC Toledo, 20 Under 40 and Leadership Toledo — are hosting an event called Board Fair: Engage, Inspire, & Involve on Oct. 16 at The Toledo Club. The free event aims to connect young professionals with area nonprofits, and show them how to become more involved with the organizations.
“We’ll have directors there to meet people and hear what they’re looking for,” said Sara Swisher, director of EPIC Toledo. “We’ll help them find something they’re passionate about and try to bring everything together in one place: agencies and young professionals.”
Swisher said there has been a recent need from several area organizations for board members, and that the Board Fair hopes to connect young professionals to those groups.
“This is an opportunity to take on a role in the community, have fun, meet people and give back to the community,” Swisher said.
For those who don’t have experience serving on the board of a nonprofit, the Board Fair will include two presentations by Sara Best of Aly Sterling Philanthropy on what young professionals can expect from being a board member.
“For many people, this is going to be their first experience serving on a nonprofit board, so [Best] is going to be giving a brief presentation on what kind of responsibilities they will have,” Swisher said.
The Board Fair will host 21 area nonprofits, including Maumee Valley Habitat for Humanity, Cherry Street Mission Ministries, the Boys & Girls Club of Toledo and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northwest Ohio.
“The organizations focus on everything from education to arts and human services,” Swisher said.
And if none of the 21 organizations is a good match, but a young professional still wants to get more involved with a nonprofit, Swisher said EPIC will find a way to connect that person with something that works.
EPIC Toledo’s Board Fair will take place from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Oct. 16 at the Toledo Club, 235 14th St. Presentations by Best will be given twice, at 6 and 7 p.m. To register, visit the web site www.epictoledo.com.
Kamala Tamirisa grew up in a rural village in India where some women never went to school.
While her father motivated her to get an education, her mother always taught her to help others. She worked to become a physician and today practices at Northwest Ohio Cardiology Consultants (NWOCC). She now gives back by helping women in the community who have fallen on hard times.
“I was raised very fortunate,” Tamirisa said.
Tamirisa will host “The Woman in Me … the Women in My Life,” a fundraiser for Sparrow’s Nest and the women’s programs of Cherry Street Mission Ministries. The event will be 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Oct. 12 at The Pinnacle, 1772 Indian Wood Circle in Maumee.
“I’m a big supporter of women,” Tamirisa said. “‘The Woman in Me’ is you have that power, you have that energy, bring it out. … ‘The Women in My Life’ [means] your best friends, your mothers, your daughters, your neighbors. We can spread the wave of positive
energy among women and uplift ourselves.”
With support from ProMedica Physicians and NWOCC, Tamirisa wants to use the event to provide information, entertainment, refreshments and networking, according to a news release. The event will include a panel of four women discussing women’s health information through a Q&A discussion with the audience.
“I’m visualizing a woman who was abused … or she went bankrupt and became homeless, [this event is] to help her get back on her feet,” Tamirisa said. “Now, we talk about taking care of her health; we talk about how to look at the body, inner beauty of the body … and wealth, money, how to get a job and how to get money.”
Tamirisa said the event will also provide information on building a savings account and how to put aside money.
Tamirisa came up with the idea through collaboration.
“All of us have some kind of story to tell,” she said. “Some women have personal experiences.”
Tamirisa said she was also motivated by a friend who was a victim of domestic violence.
She said this event will raise awareness and prevent women from hiding “behind the curtain.”
“We can hold hands together; we can help each other out,” she said. “We need strong women so we can pull the ones in difficult situations out. … Don’t be scared to come out and ask for help.”
Tanya Biank, New York Times best-selling author of “Army Wives” and “Undaunted,” will appear at the event to speak.
Entertainment will be in the form of a fashion show, which will consist of $100 outfits suitable for today’s working women.
Live and silent auctions will also take place and breakfast and lunch will be served.
Cherry Street Mission Ministries focuses on the homeless, providing emergency shelters that are open 24 hours a day, every day. Sparrow’s Nest is the women’s division of Cherry Street Mission Ministries, providing shelter for homeless women.
Tickets for the event are $35 and can be purchased by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling (419) 842-3096.
Individual sponsorships are also available at $150.
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