Each month we select one of our team members to be honored as employee of the month. We are ecstatic to announce the employee of the month for May 2017, Mitchell Groke!
Mitchell Groke is a Donor Relations Coordinator at Any Baby Can. His main goal is to cultivate relationships with donors who are an integral and essential component in supporting Any Baby Can. Without funding contributions from individual donors, Any Baby Can would be unable to serve more than 6,000 children and families each year.
Mitch served as a Navy Combat Corpsman with the Marines for seven years. Mitch deployed to Iraq in 2006 and later deployed to Afghanistan in 2009. He was honorably discharged in 2012. With funding from his service in the military, Mitch began attending Baylor University in the fall of 2012 and received his Bachelors of Arts in Psychology in 2015. During his time at Baylor, Mitch interned with the Baylor Development Department where his interest and passion for donor development first emerged.
Mitch has always had a personal connection to nonprofit organizations that help children, as he remembers the impact similar organizations made on his family after the unexpected death of his father when he was a child. With the encouragement of his internship supervisor at Baylor, Mitch began to seek further development opportunities in the nonprofit world. In August 2015, Mitch moved to Austin and found a great opportunity with Any Baby Can.
Helping members of the community connect to those in need is part of why Mitch loves his job. “We’re all called to be a part of a community. People want to help other people,” Mitch said. But sometimes they just don’t know how, so they’ll give us a call.” That’s where Mitch comes in and works to connect potential donors to programs that will benefit most from their help. “I love connecting donors to our mission, whether it’s through donating money t0 a certain program or adopting a family for the holidays.”
Mitch’s favorite work perk is the outreach and volunteer work he does. He regularly attends community events and helps out with initiatives that spread the mission of Any Baby Can throughout Central Texas. His latest mission is working towards promoting Fall Jam, the third installment in the Chords For Kids concert series benefiting the families and children who rely on Any Baby Can.
Without employees like Mitch, Any Baby Can would be unable to help as many children and families as we do every day. For your service in the United States Navy and the work you do at Any Baby Can, we thank you, Mitch. We are very grateful for your impact on our team.
Congratulations Mitch and thank you for being part of the Any Baby Can team!
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