Rochelle Reuter was a Communications Fellow in 2014. Since then, she has been spending her days at St. Anthony’s providing essential services to San Franciscans living in poverty.
To be honest, I never thought I would be working at a social service non-profit. I’ve always believed in equal services and resources for everyone but never had a solid understanding the vicious cycle that is poverty. Environmental Advocacy has been the pathway I’ve always anticipated taking but when an opportunity arose I figured, why not.
As the Communications Fellow at Save The Bay I was able to learn how nonprofits effectively communicate and engage their constituents with thought-provoking, and yes, sometimes goofy content. I gained valuable experience by putting my name on specific projects that allowed me to explore a range of skills from project management to problem solving. Since then, I’ve been able to take what I learned at Save The Bay and apply it directly to my position here at St. Anthony’s — a nonprofit that provides essential support programs to San Franciscans living in poverty.
Since joining the St. Anthony’s team here in 2014, I’ve actually held 3 different positions. I originally came to the organization as a Program Associate for one our direct service programs, the Free Clothing Program but within 6 months, I was promoted to Assistant Manager. In my role as the Assistant Manager, I was responsible for all Back of House operations, overseeing the volunteer program , facilitating and addressing all inventory issues, and also supervising all staff working in the Back of House. The soft skills I was able to obtain at Save The Bay ultimately allowed me to succeed in this role and help learn how to be a successful supervisor and a supportive co-worker.
As of February 2016, I’ve now moved departments within St. Anthony’s and now work as the Annual Giving Coordinator in our Development department. This role is more analytical and similar to what I’ve done at Save The Bay. Now, I’m able to work with a team of communication and fundraising experts to help develop specific appeals to donors that keep them engaged and informed.
While I have always envisioned working at an environmental nonprofit like Save The Bay, I’ve been so grateful for what St. Anthony’s has given me over the last 1.5 years. They’ve encouraged me to not only strengthen the skills I already had, they also encouraged me to work in different departments in order to get a well-rounded perspective on how a non-profit operates. My time at Save The Bay has truly been a gateway to my career in the nonprofit sector. Without my Save The Bay fellowship, my career path would look very different than how it’s come out.