Sarah Tague moved to Indianapolis to take a job with the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA) shortly after finishing her degree in English and Philosophy at Indiana University Bloomington. ITLA is dedicated to the constitutional rights of open access to the courts and equal protection under the law for all persons in Indiana.
She has found a beautiful community of friends and neighbors on Indy’s Near Eastside. She recently assumed the role of Secretary on the Near Eastside Community Organization (NESCO) board. NESCO’s mission is to unite Near Eastside neighborhood associations, residents, businesses, and other non-profit organizations to build a safer, cleaner, healthier, and more prosperous community. Sarah believes that community is a critical part of a happy and healthy existence.
1. What is your name?
2. How long have you lived in Indy?
About two years
3. Why have you focused your career on the nonprofit sector?
It was not through a conscious choice that I started working at a nonprofit; however it turned out to be a great fit for me. In my experience, people are most happy when their personal lives and professional lives are congruent. I love to not only volunteer but also work with volunteers. I found that I loved working for an organization that that allows me to try out many different roles and take risks all the while not being afraid to fail.
It is rewarding to be able to work not only with a close-knit professional staff but also an amazing group of hardworking volunteers. Every day I am surrounded by people who give freely of their time, expertise and wisdom.
4. What would you say to another young professional considering a nonprofit job?
Pay attention to the nonprofit’s mission statement! It will be important while you are working late nights that you are working for something that you truly believe in.
5. If you could learn a brand new skill, what would it be?
I’d love to learn how to be a “dog-whisper”. I have two horrible, but cute, dogs that could probably benefit from a heart-to-heart.
6. If you were an inanimate object, which would you be and why?
I would be a cast iron skillet. They last forever and can be passed from generation to generation. Cast iron skillets can be used on the stove, or even right on a campfire. I’d like to think that I’m as versatile as a cast iron skillet.
7. What do you hope to accomplish that you haven’t yet?
My current long term goals include owning a business, renovating an abandoned home, expanding my urban farm, and meeting Billie Jean King.
Want to support Sarah’s work?
Don’t know much about NESCO and its work? Sarah would love you to find out and support the great things happening on the Near Eastside of our city. From Cottage Home to Brookside to Bosart Brown to Little Flower, there’s lots to discover and celebrate in the neighborhoods. Check out the NESCO calendar to stay up-to-date, and follow NESCO on Facebook and Twitter.
See more at: http://nescocommunity.org