Meet our fellow Impact member, Martha Shickle! She's been involved in our giving network since 2016 and looks forward to sharing more about her experience with Impact 100 Richmond. Welcome to the blog, Martha!How long have you lived in Richmond?
I moved to Richmond in December, 2015.
Do you work outside of the home? If so, what do you do? If not, what did you do?
I’m the Executive Director of the Richmond Regional Planning District Commission- it’s a partnership of the 9 local governments in the Richmond metro area and 1 of 21 throughout the state. We work to promote cooperation among government in core regional priority areas.
Other service you are involved in?
Locally, I serve on the Board of Directors for Homeward, which serves as the backbone/planning organization for coordination of homeless services and needs in the region and with the YWCA’s Young Women’s Leadership Alliance.
I also participate in the Top 40 Housing Network of Virginia Steering Committee, the Southeast Regional Directors’ Institute Council of Peers and the National Association of Development Organizations’ Board of Directors.
What was your path to Impact?
I learned about Impact from my friend, Kemper Thornton. She shared with me the overview of Impact and I loved the idea of getting involved in raising funds for impactful/transformative projects in the region. The timing was right to get involved in the grants review process and I joined the environment committee.
What was the first Impact 100 event you attended?
Grants Committee Training.
Richmond has so many great causes and opportunities to become involved. Why did you choose Impact 100 and collective giving?
I love the idea of collective giving- everyone involved can say they are contributing to “big work” in the region. I also really liked the priority areas that Impact supports. They are topics I think are important and involvement in Impact is a great way to learn more about issues our community faces and the organizations that work to improve things every day.
Reviewing our winners past and present, which speaks to you the most?
I was really thrilled about one of the 2016 grants being awarded to Sacred Heart. It’s a phenomenal program and doing a lot of great, necessary work in the community. I also really loved the fact that the Big Give raised awareness of other opportunities. The fact that Groundwork RVA was recommended by the committee I served on and later received an award of funds from another funder was really exciting to celebrate. I like to think Impact played a part in lifting up the work GroundworkRVA is doing.
Have you done any volunteer work or donation as a result of meeting or learning about one of our grant applicants or winners?
Not yet, but I’m still new and learning. I think it’s a great way to become educated on the issues and who’s doing great work!
Have you met or had experiences with other members as a result of joining?
I’m really looking forward to Impact giving me an opportunity to meet other women who are excited about contributing in their community. I am a huge believer in the power that we as women can wield when we come together.
What’s something you’ve been meaning to try but just haven’t gotten around to it?
Oh, gosh. The list is too long to share! I’d love to take a cooking class- my recipe book is getting a little stale! I also want to learn how to take and print photos from my phone.
What’s your favorite book or movie?
I’m not sure about favorite but I’ve read Jane Eyre most frequently. I enjoy listening to books these days. I am on the go a lot!
Thanks so much for sharing, Martha!