Reporting to the Executive Director, Kelly will have overall responsibility for marketing and business development to support the mission of Hearts & Hope. In this role, Kelly will be focused on leading our mission trips to Uganda and developing, implementing, and coordinating all aspects of fundraising and identifying new partners in the US.
Kelly is a passionate supporter of our mission in Uganda and many of you may have already met her on one of our mission trips or at one of our events where she has worked as a volunteer.
Kelly first got involved with Hearts & Hope in 2015 when she sponsored two students, one in Butangala and the other in Kainagoga, and then joined us on a mission trip in June of 2016. Since then, Kelly has been moved to sponsor five students in all - 2 in Kamuli, 1 in Butangala, 1 in Kainagoga, and 1 in Nakabango! She has also joined us on numerous mission trips since 2016. Most recently, Kelly volunteered in Uganda this summer with another organization. Kelly lived there for 2 months, helping teachers in a primary school and also used her free time to venture into the slums of Kampala to help the poor families living there.
Kelly is a registered nurse and earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from Benedictine College in Atchison, KS. Her experience serving others, dealing with people of all backgrounds, and dealing with sensitive situations will serve her well. After Kelly's first mission trip with Hearts & Hope, she shifted from full-time to contract-based nursing in order to provide her with the flexibility to travel to Uganda. Her experience traveling and living in Uganda will also give her a unique perspective to share with everyone she meets. But most importantly, her contagious love, excitement, and passion for the kids of Uganda will help us to further our mission in Uganda.
Here's Kelly sharing why she fell in love with Uganda and decided to answer the call to join Hearts & Hope:
"I've always known there was immense poverty in the world, fundamental needs that were not being met - education being at the top of the list. When I first traveled to Uganda with Hearts & Hope I actually saw this need with my own eyes and a seed was planted in my soul. A seed of love, passion, and yearning to help these fellow brothers and sisters. I am humbled and overjoyed to have the opportunity to be a part of the organization that introduced me to the people of Uganda. With the help of friends, sponsors, and donors I will strive to educate more students, inspire more minds, and change more lives. I thank you all in advance for your kind welcome and support."
We are so thrilled to have Kelly join our team! Kelly had already committed to help as a volunteer with our Party With a Purpose event, so if you're joining us on Saturday, 8/25 you'll have the chance to meet her in person!
Executive Director & Co-Founder