Welcome back to Familiar Faces Friday! This week we are excited to introduce Quinton Snodgrass, our Vice President of Resource Development.
When did you start working at United Way of Lake County?
January 2017, I actually just had my one year anniversary!
What is your title and role?
VP of Resource Development. I work with our individual, corporate, and foundation supporters to best connect them to programs and initiatives that make an impact in Lake County.
What made you want to be a part of this organization?
My first internship in business school was with United Way of Central Indiana. That experience is what drove my career focus in health and human service work. Since then I have worked in underserved urban neighborhoods in metro Chicago, and incredibly remote villages in rural Cambodia. A common thread in every community I have worked with is the drive parents have for their children to succeed; overwhelming research shows that the key factor in success, more than anything, is education. I have young children and as I watch them grow and learn, my belief in this mission grows tangible. I am a part of this organization because other children should have the same chance to succeed that my children have, and I can be a part of making that possible.
Which of United Way’s programs do you connect to most and why?
Early education, but also the pending launch of our 2-1-1 information and referral hotline. I say that because there are a tremendous amount of services and resources available to families in need, but a major gap has always been helping people reach and access the services that could most benefit them during a time of crisis. United Way Lake County is looking to launch an integrated call, text, live chat, web resource to act as a connecter between people in crisis and programs that can help them. To me that is a very exciting opportunity to make a massive difference for children and families in Lake County.
What is your favorite part of your job here?
Helping people connect to programs that change lives. Is that corny? I also like getting emails saying “free doughnuts in the break room!”
When you are not at work, what kinds of things do you do with your time?
Did I mention two little kids? 6 and 3. I have a faint memory of what truly ‘free’ time feels like, but outside of work I can be found slowly renovating our home, working on vintage motorcycles, finding new things to cook, brewing beer, helping my wife urban homestead everything from organic asparagus to a small flock of chickens, and using my dwindling collection of 1980s Transformers as bribes for potty training.
Thank you for joining us this week for another Familiar Faces Friday. Catch up on our past Staff Spotlights here.