Staff Spotlight: Shareny Mota
This Familiar Faces Friday, we are introducing Shareny Mota. Shareny is the Initiative Coordinator for our Success By 6 Program. Learn more about her role, what she likes to do in her free time, and how she connects to the programs we offer at United Way of Lake County (UWLC)!
When did you start working at UWLC?
I started working at United Way of Lake County in September 2018.
What is your title and role?
My title is Success By 6 Initiative Coordinator. My role is to collaborate with the community and encourage healthy child development and readiness through our early learning programs.
What made you want to be a part of this organization?
Throughout my undergraduate career at Northern Illinois University, I was fortunate to have mentors and role models help me accomplish my dreams of obtaining a college degree. Without those key people, it would have been extremely difficult to navigate the higher education system, especially as a first generation college student. When I graduated, I knew I wanted to join an organization that gave back to their community by offering tools and resources to be successful, just how my mentors had done so for me. United Way offers that and more, and I could not have made a better choice in joining this organization.
Which of UWLC’s programs do you connect to most and why?
Although United Way of Lake County offers various amazing and empowering programs, I connect with Success By 6’s Better Together program the most. It gives me an opportunity to be creative and encourage parents to be involved in their child’s education and development.
What is your favorite part of your job here?
My favorite part of my job is that I get to learn and grow not only as an employee but also as a person. Every day I learn something new, whether it is about one of the families I work with or my colleagues. I always look forward to volunteering and working closely with other departments other than my own.
When you are not at work, what kinds of things do you do with your time?
Some of my hobbies include exploring new restaurants and outdoor parks. One day I would like to be able to say that I have traveled to all 50 states. So far, I have only traveled to eight so I have a long way to go.
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