National Volunteer Week is April 12-18 and Homeport is exceptionally fortunate to have volunteer-extraordinaire Sara Neikirk as a member of its board of directors. Ms. Neikirk has been a volunteer in Central Ohio since her association with the Lutheran Social Services Food Pantry in 1975. Her volunteer spirit has carried her to executive roles including the Interfaith Hospitality Network for the YWCA and Habitat for Humanity. One of Ms. Neikirk’s passions is making sure children attend school regularly and graduate. For the last ten years she was executive director of Communities In Schools, an organization focused on building positive relationships between inner city schools, their students and families. She is a past recipient of the YWCA Women of Achievement Award, Mel Schottenstein Community Shelter Board Award and the Columbus Education Association Friends of Education Award.
Before becoming a Homeport Board member, Sara supervised the Homeport summer program staff in 2011 and helped to form a Program Advisor Board. She now chairs the Homeport Program Committee and is active in the affinity group Women of Homeport.
Why are you passionate about the Homeport mission?
Safe, affordable housing for everyone is the foundation of prospering neighborhoods and a key ingredient in the success of every family member.
What would you tell a friend who was considering getting involved in Homeport as a donor or volunteer?
There is great satisfaction in supporting both the bricks and mortar construction and the families who live in our homes, for you have helped folks begin a positive path for growth and stability.
What do you feel is the most critical aspect of affordable housing in Columbus and Central Ohio?
The most critical aspect is the lack of understanding of the huge positive impact that investing in affordable housing can have on families and children for generations.