Many non profits utilize the talents of area students who call upon them in hopes of an internship in their related field. This provides the students with the experience and hours needed to graduate, complete a class or just enhance their professional development. 2 years ago, in the fall of 2011, Irene Oquendo, who was currently working on her MBA from Belmont, was scanning the Hands On Nashville website and came across our need for interns in the Marketing Dept. She made the call and after going through our volunteer process, she joined our team and worked through her first Salvation Army Christmas season. She had originally committed to Oct-December but fell in love with what The Salvation Army was doing so she just kept coming back. She stayed through May 2012, took a couple of months off and then returned September 2012 where she covered for our Director of Marketing who was out on leave. Irene donated several hours a day, 5 days a week to make sure press releases went out, the website was updated, events were coordinated and the newsletter was written. Irene is still working hard with us here in 2013 and was part of our 3 person team that created and helped launch our new website.
When asked what she loves/likes about The Salvation Army, Irene replied, “I love how it targets basic needs in the community and that it’s a Christian organization that puts God first.” Irene also shared why she keeps coming back day after day, “I have been blessed in my life and it’s important to give back.”
We thank you Irene for your servants heart and your dedication to the mission. We proudly name you our “Sally Star!”
Here is Irene sharing on how “Love Lives Here” at The Salvation Army!