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Sara Marcus has been a vital part of the Board of Young Professionals since she joined three years ago. Her leadership, kindness, hard work and passion for the families and children in our community make such a difference for all those touched by SCAN. We are thankful for Sara and excited for this year with her serving as President of the Board of Young Professionals.
How did you first get involved with SCAN?
I first got involved with SCAN when a colleague at SingleStone, who was a Board of Directors member at the time, told me about SCAN. I went to the University of Richmond and decided to move back three years ago after eight years in DC. I was looking for a way to get involved in the community. I also served as my sorority’s philanthropy chair in college, where our main nonprofit was CASA. It was a combination of perfect timing that lead me to SCAN’s BYP.
What inspires you to stay involved with your work at SCAN?
After moving to Richmond, I immediately felt a deep connection to the community. In a city of Richmond’s size, everyone is so linked. We all want children in our community to grow up in healthy, happy family environments and to have the opportunity to heal and recover when children and families suffer traumatic events. SCAN provides this opportunity to families and children across our region.
I’ve also been inspired to stay involved with the BYP because it is such an energetic and passionate group. Hearing stories from staff about the lives SCAN touches is so impactful. As the incoming BYP President, I was able to help interview new member for this year. Hearing all the stories about how people learned about SCAN and became interested in the BYP was inspiring. From former CASA volunteers to people who have been to our events to neighbors who walk by the SCAN office everyone has a unique story.
Is there anything you wish other people knew about SCAN?
Never to write anything or anyone off or make hasty assumptions. Opportunities to learn, prevent, heal, and recover can provide a second chance and SCAN does this.
What has been the best experience with SCAN so far?
In my first year with the BYP, I helped at the Santa Shop. While there, a mom pulled me aside with tears in her eyes and thanked us for allowing her the opportunity to give her family a holiday they may not have otherwise had. This has stuck with me even three years later and I know she is one of the many parents across our city that face tough challenges and for whom SCAN makes all the difference.
Are you involved in any other community activities or hobbies?
I love traveling, yoga, walking my dog around Richmond, hiking and cooking. I also help lead community efforts with my colleagues at SingleStone. For instance, we hold a cornhole tournament every year for a different cause and last year it benefited SCAN.