Thursday, February 2, 2012

Board Member of the Month: Val Gorder

Val, left, at our 2011 annual Beer & Wine Tasting fundraiser

“Words cannot describe how instrumental of a leader Val has been at Rebuilding Together Seattle in recent years," RTS Director, Margie Thirlby said. "Val served as our Board President for two years and was an incredible leader for our Board and entire organization. Val has played a large role in the growth of our programs, in addition to facilitating our annual fundraising plan. Val is a committed member of the Site Preview Team and has an evident passion for working with our clients to ensure that they live in warm and safe living environment. Val always keeps our team grounded by reminding us often of our mission and who we are serving. We are so lucky to have Val on our Board and are thankful for her countless contributions as she completes her second term this year.”

Let's hear from Val!

1. How did you first get involved with RTS?
After moving to the south end of Seattle, I wanted to get involved in some sort of work in that neighborhood. After being told of RTS and attending my first Spring Rebuild Day, I was hooked. Many of the homeowners and non profits served are within a few miles of my neighborhood.

2. What do you enjoy most about being a board member at RTS?
Having some experience on various boards, it's a pleasure to look forward to board meetings. My fellow board members and our staff are positive, enthusiastic and hardworking. I'm inspired by each of them.

3. What are your hopes for RTS in the years to come?
I hope to see RTS continue to help those in need in our neighborhoods, and to do so with the same compassion and hands on approach our staff and board maintain. Also, I'd love to see RTS become more well known in our community.

Thank you, Val, for your dedication to Rebuilding Together Seattle!

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