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Give Back Cincinnati

Venita Robinson

POSITION: Give Back Beyond Cincinnati Coordinator

Background:

Born and raised in Cincinnati, I went to Xavier University for my BS in Psychology and Masters in Health Service Administration. I’ve worked at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital since May of 2007. During that time, I have participated in several community/volunteering/professional organizations, including the Young Professionals at Children’s, CincYP, Big Brothers Big Sisters and the National Association of Health Services Executives.

What I do for GBC:

I lead Give Back Beyond Cincinnati, which spreads GBC’s volunteerism mindset to domestic and international locations around the world. We have been building homes and helping others in destinations such as New Orleans, Tanzania, Peru, Nepal, Haiti and Appalachia for 10 years now.

What excites me for being on the Board in 2017:

Having the opportunity to work the other leadership members and stretch my skills.

Why I got involved:

Honestly, I got involved after an invitation, thinking it would be a one time thing. I stayed around because the organization was well run, has great programming and events and does great things in the community. Plus, everyone knows the benefits of expanding their network. Give Back offers an opportunity to do so, in a low stress, guilt free environment.

Why others should get involved:

All the things I said! Also, you can pick your interest… Feel passionate about civic issues in the city? Like getting your hands dirty? Want to transform a neighborhood? Trying to do great work and travel? There is something for all of that!

My first GBC event:

Back to School in 2012 – the ice storm addition.

My favorite GBC event:

Within my first couple of months of being involved with Give Back Cincinnati, I participated in one of their service trips to New Orleans/NOLA. It was and still is, one of my favorite volunteer experiences that I’ve had. I got to meet great, like-minded people, have to opportunity to help the city – as most had forgotten about the the work that still needed to be done, experience the culture that makes NOLA so unique (including the A-MA-ZING food!) and learn more about Give Back’s mission.

What makes GBC unique:

Give Back is a group that only exist because there are good people that want to help others for the soul reason of helping others, there is no other motive or agenda. The environment that those kind of people create is one of the most enjoyable places I’ve ever experienced.  Plus there’s usually a happy hour after every event!

Fun Fact:

I have 2 cats – even though I’m a dog person – Loki and Laylee.