Washoe County School District serves over 62,000 students every year and during the 2011-2012 school year over 16,000 volunteers gave over one million hours of service.
Lisa-Marie Lightfoot is Coordinator of Volunteer Services with the district. She is responsible for overseeing all of the non-traditional people resources for the district. Please read the interview with her below and check out the flyer and considering giving supplies needed for volunteer trainings this month to help keep this amazing program going strong.
OSLCE: Please briefly describe what your organization does and your role within it.
Lisa-Marie: My department provides volunteers and other non-traditional people resources. I bring people to help at the schools, in the departments and in the programs. They might also be on a federal program like a VISTA program but they are coming into us for free. I do all the student workers and I have a light duty program as well. (For a full list of program please see their website)
OSCLE: How did you get involved with this position?
Lisa-Marie: My degrees are in business. I have a Master's in business and my undergrad is in communication. I had been involved with non-profit work for a long time and volunteering is always a big component. I've always been a volunteer in the community so it was just something I kind of fell into, it wasn't necessarily planned. I took a few years off and when I came back I got involved in the school district I started substitute teaching ended up getting involved with this program.
OSLCE: What is your favorite thing about your organization? (a particular program or event or memory you have)
Lisa-Marie: My favorite thing is the book program. We provide books for struggling readers and children who are homeless and kids in our schools who would benefit from having books that they probably don't have in their home. Literacy. I love literacy.
OSLCE: What do you see as the greatest problem facing non-profits and community organization in the Reno area?
Lisa-Marie: Well we don't have enough people to do the job, we don't have enough. Right now in the school district I have 4 people helping in HR with projects. I just took a lady in and she's helping with a project where they are putting some information between students files and you know there's not enough people to do the jobs.
OSLCE: You're going to a deserted island and are allowed to bring one food, one drink and one person, what do you pick?
Lisa-Marie: I'd bring my husband and I'd bring water, hopefully there's water I guess but maybe it's salty so I'd make sure there's water. One food, oh gosh that's my problem I like everything. Chinese food would be my favorite.