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September Resource Development Blog: A Day in the Life of Resource Development by Kimberly Bell

Resource Development Blog: A Day in the Life of Resource Development

Resource Development Blog
By: Kimberly Bell, Manager of Resource Development

A Day in the Life of Resource Development

These days, we are all so BUSY, but what are we actually busy doing. In this fast paced world, it is easy to be bogged down in tasks that do not necessarily help us progress towards a greater goal. So many things seem more important than making a difference. As a member of the resource development team, my day to day is no different.

Once I drop my 10th grader off at school, the day starts with prayer and reflection, followed by coffee and a review of my ever-growing to-do list, followed by MORE coffee. As I sit down to check and answer emails, check voicemail and return calls, I wonder, when will I ever be caught up with my assigned tasks? Am I actually making a difference?

The second half of the day is oftentimes dedicated to “hitting the streets” conducting campaign rallies, attending community events, and yes, asking people for $Resources$.  Sometimes the rejection or resistance in a group or organization is palpable, and this makes it hard to keep pressing on. Then, I think about that young man I met at Dearborn YMCA  who fled gun violence in his city, moved to Mobile with nothing but the clothes on his back, was homeless, and is now gainfully employed and committed to helping others access their amazing GED and job training programs I know I have to keep going. When I think about the 90 year old grandmother of 10 who depends on VIA Health, Fitness & Enrichment Center and their food pantry for her next meal, or of the working mom who would not be able to afford to work and send her 3 year old to a quality educational daycare without Gulf Regional Early Childhood Services (GRECS), I know I must endure.

As I come back to the office to tie up the daily loose ends and recuperate from the blazing heat that is a Mobile summer, I must remember Galatians 6:9, which reads, “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

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Kimberly Bell
kbell@uwswa.org 
251.219.3442