YNPN St. Louis has a diverse membership supported by many disciplines of the nonprofit sector. Our members come from over 70 nonprofits in St. Louis and six universities. We would like to highlight one of our volunteer committee members, Joe Fetter, a Volunteer Services Manager for Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis.
What is your favorite place in St. Louis and why? Tower Grove! A beautiful park to run in or sit quietly and read. Great ethnic restaurants, coffee, and bars in the surrounding neighborhoods. It has just about everything you need!
How did you get involved in YNPN? I was a fairly inactive member starting in early 2014. I had always wanted to be more involved with YNPN, but always found excuses not to be. Finally, after about a year and half, in mid-2015, I decided to join the Membership Committee. I knew that I would never get involved unless I forced myself to by joining a committee. It’s been a great experience, both personally and professionally rewarding, helping YNPN recruit and retain new members.
Why have you focused your career on the nonprofit sector? To be honest, it just happened. I had originally wanted to get into radio journalism, but when that didn’t work out, I moved back home and joined AmeriCorps here in St. Louis. I had always been an active volunteer for most of my life, so I knew that I enjoyed giving back to the community. In AmeriCorps, I realized I could make a career out of it.
What advice would you give to young professionals considering a nonprofit job? Much more than other industries, nonprofits need people who are passionate about the work and the mission. Though you may be doing some unglamorous work (as with any job), if you love your organization’s mission and the communities they serve, it’ll all be worth it.
If you could pick the last meal you ate what would it be? A mish-mash of dishes from some of my favorite restaurants. A burger from Royale, fries from the Vine, a beer from Civil Life, maybe some jambalaya from Sister Cities . . . (this list could go on forever!)
What do you hope to accomplish that you haven't yet? I was an English major, and still am an avid reader. I’d love to write a novel someday. But maybe I’ll start small with a short story.
What has been your favorite YNPN STL event? Why? I love Blog Out Loud. I’m a big fan of TED Talks, and think that BOL does a great job of mimicking them. It’s very entertaining and informative. It’s always great to hear different perspectives on what’s happening in the nonprofit world.
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