In this podcast, Rob Harter interviews Robin Marrouche from the Kimball Arts Center about what it’s like to be the Executive Director for the Center. Robin has some great insights on how to be an effective nonprofit leader, as well as what to look for in their upcoming Kimball Arts Festival.
Shirlee Silversmith, Division Leader of Utah Indian Affairs, invited the Christian Center of Park City to speak about our relationship/initiative with the Goshute tribe at the 9th Annual Governor’s Native American Summit at Utah Valley University in Orem, Utah on Wednesday, July 30th. They asked us to speak because they were impressed with all that we at CCPC had been doing with the Goshute Native American Tribe, especially regarding the community garden. It was a great honor to be invited to speak at this event.
At the summit, we started by speaking about our goal of addressing the diabetes and obesity issue within the reservation. Therefore, we started our initiative with the focus on providing healthy yet kid-friendly snacks in backpacks for every child on reservation snacks, fresh food through our mobile food pantry and organically grown vegetables through the community garden. We also talked about how we started this partnership, thanks to the generous grant from American Express who helped us get off the ground with this initiative. We also spoke of how we have provided our ‘Operation Hope’ Christmas program for the children the last three years. We ended the first part of our seminar by speaking of our new work in Wendover (where some Goshutes have moved). The majority of our seminar focused on the community garden. During that part of the presentation, we invited our key Goshute liason for the garden, Tarina Bishop, to speak about the garden experience.
When we started this Community Garden initiative, the four main goals for the Community Garden were to:
1) Develop an opportunity for the Goshutes to grow their own food, locally and organically.
2) Provide food that would be a healthier alternative to fast food and other processed
foods, thereby helping to address the issues of obesity and diabetes.
3) To intentionally set up the garden in terms of the infrastructure, the solar pump,
the sprinkler system etc., with the goal that in 3 years this garden could become a certified organic garden. This would then allow the Goshutes to sell their organic vegetables and create a micro-business thereby bringing in revenue to individuals and the tribe.
4) Create greater community. From everything we researched, the number one benefit from communities who develop a community garden, is that this garden brings the community together. And at least in the first year of this garden, this is exactly what started to happen.
It was an incredible experience to be able to speak about these initiatives and all of the progress the Goshutes have been experiencing. I’d like to personally thank the Park City community for their support, which is helping to empower one of the more remote Native American communities in Utah.
A huge thank you to all of our volunteers, donors, and community partners who made Back 2 School Basics possible last Friday! We were able to serve every student (over 500!) with new school clothes, coats, and supplies! Thank you to Wasatch Bagel for the coffee & bagels for everyone who got up so early.
Katie joined The Park City Foundation team in February 2008, after returning from Morocco, where she worked with the U.S. Peace Corps focusing on developing a women’s weaving cooperative. Katie started with PCCF as the Programs Manager and later Director. She now leads the organization as the Executive Director.
Today in the studio we have Trisha Worthington. I think you’ll really enjoy today’s podcast with this incredible nonprofit leader. She talks about the key questions we all have as nonprofit leaders. For example, how do you choose a board member? What size of a board is the right size for your organization? How can you turn board members into your top fundraisers? All these tips and more are found in this podcast. Enjoy. – Rob
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In this podcast, Rob interviews Maddy Shear – a nonprofit consultant that coordinates nonprofit roundtables in Park City, Utah. Maddy shares with us her tips and strategies to help nonprofits be effective. You can reach Maddy at maddyshear@comcast[.]net
Scott Fine has been Mountain Life’s Senior Pastor since 1993, when he accepted the call to be the first full-time pastor. He moved to Park City from Crosslake, MN along with his wife Jeanne and their three children: Carl, Caleb and Carissa. Tune in to hear more about his story and his contribution to the Mountain Life Church in Park City.