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Give Back Cincinnati
Give Back Cincinnati

Michael Loch

POSITION: Communications Director

Background:

I’m from sunny San Diego but have been living in Greater Cincinnati for over ten years now.  My family lives all over the country with most of them being on west coast, so I get to take advantage of their free lodging whenever I go out west!  I received my B.A. in Communications from Northern Kentucky University and went on to work professionally in nonprofit fundraising, marketing, and volunteer management after graduation.  I returned to NKU in 2015 to serve as the Membership & Marketing Coordinator for its new Campus Recreation Center.  I am also currently pursuing a M.S. in Business Informatics at NKU.  I live in the Mainstrasse Village neighborhood of Covington, and I love it!

Why I got involved with Give Back Cincinnati:

I joined because I wanted to still make a positive impact in my community after I stopped working in the nonprofit world.  Volunteering will always be something I’m active in.  I was also looking to meet more like-minded people who care about helping the community while having a great time with each other.
Why others should be involved with Give Back Cincinnati:
So many reasons why!  First, I love that their group is very flexible with guilt-free volunteering.  Volunteers can chose to be as involved (or not) as they want to be, and that’s perfectly fine!  I really like that there are a variety of different events offered including hands-on, interactive, social, and volunteer trips outside of Cincinnati.  GBC is a great way to meet other like-minded young professionals.  It’s a great mix of welcoming, positive, and energetic folks who care about their community.
My first GBC event:
My first GBC event was helping with some harvesting and cleanup at the Freestore Foodbank Giving Fields in 2015.  My friend AJ, who is currently the Social Events Coordinator, got involved with GBC before I did.  She knew that I would love being involved with this organization so she convinced me to go to this volunteer event with her.
My favorite GBC event:

My favorite volunteer event was Back to School in 2016!  We took a huge painting and cleaning job at the Winton Woods Medical & Health Center.  I really enjoy hands-on volunteer projects.  Plus, they are a great way to get to know new people!

I’m also a huge fan of our social events, especially the annual Holiday Party.  Getting together with fellow volunteers to show appreciation and celebration for all of their hard word and dedication feels so great.

What excites me about being a member of the board for 2017:

As the communications guy, I’m very excited to support the work that will enable GBC to make a difference in our region.  Everyone who helps put these volunteer events and programs together are so dedicated, and I’m looking forward to helping them out as much as I can.  I’m also thrilled to have the chance to work with some of the city’s best young leaders as I hone my own leadership skills.

What makes GBC unique:

If you’re interested in helping out our community in either a mild, moderate, or heavily involved (your choice!) fashion while meeting an awesome group of people, this is it.  There is great flexibility for volunteers while offering a diverse variety of ways they can be involved.  I like how easy GBC makes it for volunteers to meet each other by creating a very welcoming environment, holding after parties when we finish volunteer events, hosting social events (thanks AJ!), and hosting new member happy hours (thanks Nickie!).

Fun Fact:

I love to travel!  Both domestically and internationally.  In 2016 alone I’ve been to Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Portland, Chicago, San Antonio, San Diego, New Orleans, and Nashville.  I have also been to Italy, Australia, Costa Rica, Panama, China, Thailand, and Malaysia.