“Over the past three years, I have come to learn that the intrinsic rewards you get from working for nonprofits equals, if not surpasses, the help you give others. Knowing that you are dedicating your time to helping someone else, regardless of who it is, or how you are helping, is undeniably fulfilling.”
〜 Taylor DeBroux, St. Norbert College ’14
As a senior at St. Norbert College, Taylor DeBroux has been actively involved in service for the past three years. She has progressively become more connected with service and nonprofits each year through a variety of roles. And this year is no different.
Taylor initially got involved with service as a first-year student through the Emerging Leaders Program. As a sophomore, she committed to an academic year of service with the YMCA by living in Michels Service-Learning Hall. That decision has impacted where Taylor is today.
“During the Michels Hall orientation meeting at the beginning of the school year, residents had the opportunity to hear from all of the community partners. It was at this meeting that I learned the Boys and Girls Club of Green Bay was hiring a new employee. Since I was looking for a job, it was the perfect opportunity to apply. I am extremely grateful for this decision because being at the Club has broadened my cultural and professional knowledge so much that I still find the value in working there today, two years later.”
For her senior year, in addition to working at the Boys and Girls Club (BGC), Taylor is interning at Big Brother Big Sisters (BBBS) through her Human Services Internship class. She originally gained interest in BBBS because of how complementary it is to her work at the Boys and Girls Club. Taylor said, “BBBS allows me to gain a better understanding of the administration side of a company, whereas my position at the Boys and Girls Club deals directly with its members. I am very interested in working with the youth of Green Bay and I get to do this every day through different means and with companies that have similar goals.”
By being connected to numerous nonprofits in Green Bay and by taking social work classes, Taylor has realized the importance of networking. “The supervisors who I report to at both BGC and BBBS have connections to staff at the YMCA. I have come to realize that making positive relationships with the staff I work with in every company is very beneficial from both personal and professional standpoints. ” stated Taylor.
Taylor has continually been making a difference in the Greater Green Bay community since she first stepped foot on this campus three years ago. Her dedication to the youth of Green Bay has surpassed the usual commitment to service.
“If I were to give advice to my freshman self, I would emphasize the importance of utilizing available resources and jumping into new opportunities as often as possible. I think the best way to get started in service and continue that service is to stay connected. The college offers excellent services to assist you in this. My class choices have guided my service decisions, and in turn, my service work has guided my class decisions. I see my academia and my community work as being equally important in shaping what I do today and what I will do in the future.”
By Laura Riley