Shea’s VISTA assignment was to create a Volunteer Action Center (VAC) for the Tanana Valley region. Initially projected to be a three-year project, Shea was able to complete the task within one year. The VAC is a place for volunteers to find volunteer opportunities in their community that match their interests. Since officially launching the VAC for the public on February 17th of 2021, Shea has recruited 33 organizations to sign up on the site and 111 volunteers.
Looking ahead, Shea has been selected to work with Doctors Without Borders beginning in early winter. In the meantime, she is spending the next handful of months soaking up the sun in Maui, Hawaii. This past year in Alaska was by far one of the best years of her life and she will always come back to her Fairbanks Family.
Shea has been such an impactful addition to The United Way of the Tanana Valley. The entire state shut down the week she arrived due to COVID-19, but she never allowed that to deter her from being productive and making an impact. She has been able to complete a three-year project in one year. Her perseverance to find funding for the Volunteer Action Center, build the online platform, as well as engage both nonprofits and volunteers has seen success in such a short time. She has helped others to see the impact that volunteerism can make in our community. When not working in the office, she is out in the community volunteering in the community garden or fixing lunches for our homeless population. She lives a life full of service and helps others in every community she finds herself in. While we are sad to see her leave, we know that her time working with and serving within the Doctors without Borders organization will be impactful. "
Being a new Executive Director for the United Way of the Tanana Valley (UWTV), I did not work with Shea for very long, but I am so grateful for time I did. Shea is positive, kind, incredibly intelligent, and was an asset to the UWTV. She always had a smile on her face and was willing to do whatever was needed for the organization. She is a genuine person who enjoys working and volunteering for her community. I look forward to hearing about what Shea will accomplish on her next adventure."
Shea was an incredible addition to United Way of the Tanana Valley. She helped resurrect our much loved program, the Volunteer Action Center. From planning, to execution and everything in-between, she made sure that our new program was successful and welcomed with open arms in the Tanana Valley. In addition, we cannot say enough about how above and beyond Shea went to connect people with resources, opportunities, and helped to make light work of getting much needed donations to our non-profits quickly this past year."
Shea’s been super helpful even before I secured my position with United Way. She was always willing to talk whether it was work related or not. Her support and kindness was part of what made being in Fairbanks such a pleasant experience."