What’s Happening Now at Sisters Of The Road
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A new era in Finance
Sisters is saying farewell to Dave Coffman, Finance Manager this spring. Dave and Jess have been occupying the finance office in the training process. We asked them both to share a little about how their transition is going.
from Dave Coffman, Finance Manager
After serving as the Finance Manager for six years or so, I’m excited to have the opportunity to train my co-worker Jess to take over the bulk of the finance work at Sisters. Jess has a great head for numbers, a good understanding of Sisters’ budget and a strong commitment to ensuring Sisters’ continued financial stability so that we can continue this important work for years to come. As my time here comes to a close, I’d like to express my gratitude to all I’ve had the chance to meet and work with over the years; it’s truly been a life-changing experience.
and a few words from Jess Heman, newly minted Finance Co-Manager
After spending over three years working in the cafe, I am very excited to take on the new role of Finance Co-Manager. I will be splitting my time between this new role and working in the cafe (because let’s face it, I would simply miss the cafe too much if I left entirely). Right now Dave is training me to create and maintain finance reports, how to ensure we are following generally accepted accounting principles, and how to offer support to our organization in keeping a balanced budget. I see a balanced budget not only as Sisters’ responsibility to our Board of Directors, but also a way to ensure that Sisters will be here in Old Town for many, many years to come. Dave is a great teacher and very patient as I learn his job. I know I have big shoes to fill and am willing to work very hard in this role to be accountable to the Sisters Of The Road community.
We want to give them both a shout-out for their good work. Bows of gratitude to both Dave and Jess for your commitment to making this big transition. We’ll miss your wit and wisdom Dave! Thanks for everything.
The Journey Continues
You know that feeling you have when you’re getting ready for a special date, or to see a show you’ve been waiting for all year? We have that feeling at Sisters because Journeys Art Festival is two months away! Mark your calendars for the evening of Thursday, June 5th. Journeys is an important benefit that raises critical dollars to support folks in the Sisters community.
Special Events at Sisters build community connection
by Brenda, Development Co-Manager, Special Events
Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes at Sisters? What does it take for the cafe to operate, our systemic change program to accomplish dynamic outreach efforts, our volunteer program to expand its team of enthusiastic volunteers, and our administrative office to support our organization? In addition to a lot of hard work and passion, it takes a lot of dollars streaming in each month.
Many of you have enjoyed Sister’s special events over the years. Maybe you attended Journeys Art Festival last year, or a benefit event like Winterfolk. If you attended Winterfolk on February 1st, we hope you had an amazing time! In November and December 2013, several local businesses and individuals held benefits for us raising over $6,000. We really appreciate and need this support to help us be the best we can for our community.
Special events serve many purposes. They are fun ways for folks to get to know us, and for us to build community. People feel good donating to us by purchasing tickets or buying special gift items. Sponsoring an event gives businesses and individuals an opportunity to partner with us in a special way, demonstrating to the public that they support our mission.
Now we’re faced with something new: what about tomorrow? Through special events, we hope to plant the seeds of philanthropy in our Generation Y and Z friends. Engaging young folks in philanthropy prepares them to be active, lifelong community citizens. Whether it’s volunteering at an event or donating whatever they’re able to give, our young friends learn the value of giving when they participate and feel good about it.
Recurring: Volunteer Training