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Member Spotlight: Elizabeth Schneider

 | Published on 5/7/2020

Elizabeth Schneider
Name: Elizabeth Schneider

Position:
Volunteer Coordinator

Organization:
Feed My Starving Children

MAVA Member Since:
2018

Please describe your volunteer program: FMSC offers volunteers a one-of-a-kind experience. You’ll hand-pack rice, soy, dried vegetables and a nutritionally complete blend of vitamins and minerals into bags which are then sealed, boxed, placed on pallets and shipped to our incredible partners working hard to reach the neediest children around the world. Through volunteering at FMSC, you’ll get the chance to impact hundreds of kids in just two hours per packing shift. You’ll experience what it’s like to make a tangible difference.

What is your role? In my role as Volunteer Coordinator, I work with our special volunteer groups to share the mission of FMSC, recruit new volunteers and assist within the organization as needed. This includes our MarketPlace and Speakers Bureau programs and organization fundraising events.

How did you get involved in Volunteer Management? I love working with people and hearing their stories, along with what brought them to the organization. This love of community and interpersonal communication along with FMSC’s philanthropic mission brought me into the world of volunteer management.

What does it mean to you to be a MAVA member? I am thankful for this network of like-minded people set out to lead our volunteers within the non-profit sector. It’s a true blessing to have this network within MAVA that can come together to share best practices, support each other and expand resources. MAVA helps us have that.

Can you recall a time when being a MAVA member directly impacted your work in your organization? What were the outcomes of MAVA’s impact? I attended MAVA’s Volunteer Impact Leadership Series when I first began my position with FMSC. This series provided me with additional resources and ideas to bring to my position. I found it extremely beneficial to learn from the trainers and those in attendance to learn best practices to incorporate into my position.