Meet our fellow Impact member, Sheryl Bellew. She has been a member of Impact since 2015 and is looking forward to sharing more about her experience with Impact 100 Richmond. How long have you lived in Richmond?
My Family and I relocated from Fort Worth, TX 7 years ago.
Do you work outside of the home? If so, what do you do? If not, what did you do?
I am currently a full time mom of 2 amazing kiddos. Prior to that I worked primarily in the nonprofit space. Most of my career was spent with an organization called the ARC, working with people with developmental disabilities.
Other service you are involved in?
I spent a lot of time working with the youth community through our church. I am also very active in volunteering at our local elementary school. One of the reasons I became involved with Impact 100 was to learn about other ways my family I could become involved.
What was your path to Impact?
I initially learned about Impact 100 from my good friend, Jill Lemon. She has always been very vocal about how great it is. As I began meeting more of the great women in our community, Impact 100 seemed to keep coming up in conversation and I was always so impressed by how empowering it sounded and how members are able to make such a huge “impact” by working together.When did you first hear about Impact? From whom? What was the first Impact 100 event you attended?
The first event I attended was a new member event hosted by Karen Berson. I believe giving back to our community should be a priority, and I was excited to meet so many like-minded women. So much has a been written about taking a seat at the table and leaning in; it was impressive to meet so many women actually leading the way.
Organizations that help children are always a favorite, but I will always have a special place in my heart for organizations that help the developmentally disabled.
Have you done any volunteer work or given a donation as a result of meeting or learning about one of our grant applicants or winners?
Shalom Farms comes to mind. Also indirectly we began volunteering at the Chesterfield Food bank, because my involvement with Impact 100 inspired me to look for opportunities to also get my family more involved.
Have you met or had experiences with other members as a result of joining?
Prior to this year, free time was at a premium. I'm looking forward to serving on a grant committee and spending more time with these amazing women.
What’s something you’ve been meaning to try but just haven’t gotten around to it?I really want to learn to play guitar so I can become a campfire hero!
What’s your favorite book or movie?
One of my favorite books is The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell. It really speaks to how many small things can have a big impact.
Thanks so much for sharing with us, Sheryl! Know an Impact 100 member who is a mover and a shaker in the Richmond community? We would love to spotlight her! Email our Communications Chair, Lauren Soles at firstname.lastname@example.org.