We stumbled across Britta during a networking social for the York Young Professionals (YYP) at Maewyn’s in York, Pennsylvania, and she quickly became our primary POC for our partnership with Bell Socialization. She played an integral part in our connection with Averie Clark, the Marketing Chair at Bell. And we must say – her flare for laughs and winning smile sure caught our eye (but this one belongs to Britta)!
After engaging with Britta, we felt that someone this dynamic must certainly have quite a few gifts and talents to offer the non-profit sector, and we got curious about what she might have to say about it herself… so we asked her some questions about exactly that:
Introducing the interview between YAFCA and Britta! In the interview, you not only get the inside scoop on Britta, but on what’s happening at Bell, and learn how to get involved, and make a difference!
1 ) Tell us a little bit about yourself before we get started. What do you like to do? Hobbies, family?
“I LOVE to be outside and enjoy nature……in my free time I can be found reading, kayaking, hiking and when I have extended free time, traveling. My family and friends are very important to me, and are supportive of the work I do. When I was growing up (along with my family) I did a lot of volunteer work, helping others has always been something very important to me and part of the story as to how I came to be employed at Bell.”
2 ) Can you tell us a little bit about how Bell got it’s start?
“Bell Socialization Services, Inc. began in 1966 as “The Bell Club,” a social gathering for people being discharged from local psychiatric hospitals into the greater York, PA community. The agency began simply as a place for people with mental illnesses to gather together and share in social activities such as community dinners, movie theater trips, and camping trips. Over time the agency developed and expanded to where we are today.”
“Currently, Bell offers mental health, mental retardation and shelter services. Each year in some capacity we meet the housing, recreational, vocational and basic living skills building of more than 1000 people. All of Bell’s services follow the psychosocial rehabilitation model, which focuses on assessing individual strengths and needs, setting personal goals, and providing an environment that encourages growth and development. Bell’s ultimate goal is to help its consumers live as independently as possible in the community. Bell Socialization Services, Inc. is a private, non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization funded in part by federal, state, and local governments, as well as grants and tax-deductible donations.”
3 ) What do you do at Bell, and how does it help Bell function as a whole?
“I work in the Human Resources Department as the Human Resources Coordinator. In my position I primarily function in the following areas; hiring employees, benefits administration, wellness programs, employee relations, internships in my department, and recruitment of great employees! One of my personal beliefs is if an employee’s satisfaction in the work place, encouragement to succeed, support and (hopefully) a feeling of empowerment are linked to how they will in turn support our consumers (service recipients) in short, it is my hope that if an employee feels supported and empowered, they will in turn carry that support and empowerment to the consumers with whom they are working.”
4 ) What’s the most important thing people can do to help get the word out about Bell, and the services you offer?
“First, I think it would be helpful for someone who is interested to check out our website at www.bellsocialization.com to learn more about what we do. We have pages on Facebook (Employment at Bell Socialization) on Facebook, Linked In, and we are also on Twitter (@BellSocServices). On our website an interested person can be connected to employment, internship and volunteer opportunities, as well as other ways to support the work we do such as financial contributions, in -kind donation gatherings of personal hygiene items, games, books, household items, as well as fundraising opportunities for individuals and groups.” (more…)