If there’s a nonprofit in Ogden, chances are that at some point in time, Danielle has directly or indirectly worked with them. While attending Weber State University, she worked in the office of Student Affairs where she learned about a lot of opportunities to get involved. She ended up serving on the Service Team through the Center for Community Engaged Learning where she racked up some tremendous good karma. A few of the projects she headed included:
- Two blood drives in collaboration with the American Red Cross
- An Angel Tree with the Salvation Army
- Meal packaging with Stop Hunger Now
- Martin Luther King Jr. Week of Service
- President of the Food Recovery Network
Somewhere in between all these endeavors, Danielle worked for the Christmas Box House as an assistant case worker for the Department of Child and Family Services and was a substitute teacher for Ogden School District. As she shared some gut-wrenching stories about her experiences with DCFS, I couldn’t help but imagine how blessed those kids were who ever had the chance to be embraced by her kindness.
As she neared her graduation from WSU, Danielle went on a school-sanctioned Alternative Spring Break to San Francisco where she serendipitously rode shotgun to the trip advisor, who just so happened to be Clairesse Miljour. Danielle recounted their conversation as a pivotal moment in her life and that she “kinda fell in love” with Clairesse as she told her about organizations like the Jr. League of Ogden and GOAL Foundation. Upon returning from California, Danielle immediately signed up for JLo and got involved with GOAL.
At GOAL, she interned for a while and was later hired to help with the annual Ogden Marathon. The money she earned helped fund a monthlong service trip to Mozambique. Her time serving with JLo connected her to many other amazing Ogden women who would leave a lasting mark in Danielle’s journey and help propel her to become the person she is today.
One of those women was Kimberly Bowsher, director of the Ogden Downtown Alliance. Danielle knew they were hiring for a new position there but felt like she was underqualified, especially since she hadn’t graduated yet. But because of her involvement with JLo, and with encouragement from other members, she felt empowered enough to apply and (no big surprise) she got the job. Her life was awesome and she was totally killing it and then… she felt drawn to do more. She felt an overwhelming calling to join the Peace Corps.