Sometimes a simple thank you isn’t enough for a person who has given countless hours toward a job that never paid a single cent. Laura joined Austin Atheist Helping the Homeless May of 2014. According to a volunteer spotlight we posted September 2016: “I was in the homeschool Yahoo group, and contacted the person who was running ATXHAW (then ATXAHH) in May of 2014. I asked if there was anything that I could help with, and she said she’d think about it. She emailed me a couple of weeks later and asked if I’d be willing to coordinate the donation requests. Sure!”
If anyone has ever gotten to know Laura, you know she is pretty easy to talk to. It is never uncommon to have a two hour conversation about anything and everything with her. Laura has often spent a lot of time talking with donors and people she has encountered as the Donations Coordinator of Austin Humanists at Work. Outside her job as Donations Coordinator, her ability to care for each and every person has been her best quality in the organization.
Starting at the beginning of 2016 when the organization re-branded to Austin Humanists at Work, we also sought after becoming a 501(c)3. Laura, a founding member of Austin Humanists at Work, was integral in the formation of our organization’s non-profit status. She saw the organization through countless hours of research, emails with lawyers, writing the by-laws, you name it, Laura handled it. After almost a year and a half of hard work, perseverance, and devotion, Austin Humanists at Work became an official 501(c)3 non-profit November 2nd, 2017. Our organization will forever be grateful for all she did to bring us where we are today.
At the end of August, Laura will end one chapter of her life to begin the next. As a student at Texas State she will seek a degree in communications studies while concurrently studying for her associates degree in psychology at ACC this fall. Last Spring she graduated from Austin Community College with honors as a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Everyone at Austin Humanists at Work is proud of Laura and wishes her well in this next phase of her life. She will be missed and we hope she won’t be a stranger, visiting our giveaways from time to time. If anyone wants to send her well wishes please feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org or send a note via snail mail to our PakMail address: 11900 Metric Blvd. #J-172, Austin, TX 78758.