Passion for volunteering leads to career helping kids
Heather Brosz White’s (M.P.A. ’95) commitment to service didn’t begin when she started working with the Boys & Girls Club. She’s been volunteering since she was a child.
“Helping a company make money doesn’t interest me,” she says. “The nonprofit sector offers something that I am motivated by: helping others have a better life and making a difference.”
While at UMKC, White volunteered with the Housing Authority of Kansas City, where she helped develop a mentoring program for girls. She says her time in Kansas City helped shape not just her career, but her life.
“I met some of my absolute favorite people on earth, including my husband, while living in Kansas City and attending UMKC,” she says. “The city is beautiful, friendly, active, vibrant and exactly what I needed in that time of my life.”
In 1997, White got a call from the Raleigh Boys & Girls Club. A few weeks later, she was a camp director. She had worked with children before, but nothing like this.
“I was leading 15 staff and 120 children on 110 acres,” she says. “We fished, hiked, played games, did art projects and archery, canoed and went swimming. Every two weeks we spent the night in tents.”
Nearly 20 years later, White is still helping children. Today, she is the director of government and foundation relations at the North Carolina Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs in Raleigh.
She also has some advice for anyone looking to give back to the community.
“Think about what is important to you. … If you have an interest or skill, there is a way to help.”
This article originally appeared in the special edition of the UMKC Perspectives alumni magazine. To read more stories of alumni from across the country, click here.