The OCF is blessed to have over 60 volunteers a year donate their time and talent to help advance our mission: “activate generosity for a strong community.” Cherie Nutter is one of our valuable volunteers. Cherie is currently serving as the Board Vice Chair as well as Co-Chair of the Grant Committee. Cherie attended Central Michigan University and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Interpersonal and Public Communications as well as a Master of Science in Human Resource Administration. She worked for several years in a variety of roles in the human resources field and is now retired. Cherie also serves as the President of the Zonta Club of Gaylord and is an active volunteer for St. Mary Cathedral. Here is what Cherie has to say about her volunteer experience at the OCF:
1. What attracted you to become involved with the OCF?
I learned more about the OCF through my membership on the Board of the Women’s Resource Center of Northern Michigan. I was impressed by the organization and all that it was doing for the Otsego County community. When my term on the WRCNM board ended, I was asked to join the OCF board and was honored to be considered.
2. In your opinion, what is the most important work this organization does?
The OCF does a great job of supporting the local nonprofits. It is amazing to me that a single organization can have such an impact by working through the goals and projects of nonprofits in the community.
3. What’s it like to volunteer for the OCF?
Volunteering for the OCF is very rewarding. There are a variety of ways to get involved, whether it is on a singular project, committee or board. The OCF staff has a knack for identifying strengths in volunteers and using those strengths to support the organization and its projects.
4. What OCF committees have you been involved with?
I served as the secretary of the Board last year and was a member of the Executive Committee. I also chaired the Governance Committee and Grant Committee.
5. What do you hope the organization will achieve soon? In the long term?
I hope the organization will continue to grow its assets and be able to grant larger, more impactful grants for the community.
6. Does anyone in your life play a role in supporting your involvement? In providing inspiration?
My husband and family are supportive of my volunteer efforts. I am inspired by my grandchildren and how many of the OCF programs support children. I am particularly drawn to the organizations and projects that support youth in Otsego County.
7. What do you wish other people knew about OCF?
I hope that people realize the dedication of the staff and volunteers of the OCF. The OCF has done wonderful things with limited assets and staffing. It is often seen as a leader among other community foundations even though many of the other foundations are larger and have more resources available.
8. What would you tell someone who is thinking about volunteering for the OCF?
Get involved! Even if your time is limited, there are ways that you can help and will likely find it to be very rewarding.