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Katie Morris recently joined SCAN’s team as the part-time Grants and Special Events Coordinator. In just a few short months, she’s already proven to be a huge asset to the Development Team. Her positivity, willingness to jump in to help out, and passion for the mission make SCAN a better place!
How did you first get involved with SCAN?
I first became aware of SCAN through attending SCAN events many years ago. More recently, I learned about SCAN’s work through being a member of the Outreach Committee at St. James’s Episcopal Church. They have funded SCAN for several years. I was always really impressed by the proposals SCAN submitted and the work SCAN was doing. SCAN has a good reputation in the community and is a well-run organization.
What has your life/work experience been that brought you to SCAN? What is your current role?
While volunteering on the Outreach Committee at St. James’s, I was moved by all the positive work happening in our community. I became interested in getting more involved. I have a writing background, and grant writing seemed like a perfect match of my interests and skills. I recently joined the SCAN team as the Grants and Special Events Coordinator. This position also pulls in my work and expertise with events. I was a booking agent at East Coast Entertainment for 10 years. This job at East Coast Entertainment was all about building relationships and working with people, which carried over into my work now with SCAN. I’ve also been involved with events through my role on the Board of Stavna Ballet.
What inspires your work at SCAN?
Being a mom, SCAN’s work and mission hit close to home. Knowing how many lives SCAN is affecting each day is amazing, and being a small part of that is exciting. The issue of child abuse and neglect is hard to think about, but the good that SCAN is able to bring into people’s lives is inspiring. The multifaceted nature of work at SCAN also makes this job really interesting to me. Each day I get to be part of writing, managing events, building relationships and so much more.
What has been the best experience with SCAN so far?
I’ve only been at SCAN for a few months, but the recent Child Advocate’s Breakfast was a highlight. Seeing the SCAN Board of Director’s rally behind this event and the whole community come out in support of our mission was incredible. Hearing the stories of children in our Circle Preschool Program and the account from Rachael, one of the preschool teachers, about her daily work, the preschool model, its impact in the lives of our preschoolers, and the work the staff is doing out in the community was amazing. It was a wonderful reminder of why we do the work we do. Everyone really pitched in and stepped up to take on tasks that weren’t normally in their wheelhouse to make the event a success. SCAN’s culture of staff support and showing appreciation for one another really shined.
Are you involved with any other community organizations, hobbies, or activities?
I’m involved with St. James’s, which has a very active parish. I’ve served on the Outreach Committee and been involved with various other activities there. I’m chairing the Christmas Tree Giving Ministry this year. I’ve also been involved on the nonprofit Board of Stavna Ballet. I’m really committed to my family and love spending time with my husband and two daughters (ages 6 and almost 2).
What might someone be surprised to learn about you?
Although my husband is from Richmond and I’m from Atlanta, we actually met on the West Coast. We both spent a few years living in San Diego after college, and then we made our way back to this side of the country. I love Richmond and now really can’t imagine living anywhere else!