As we move along and get more people involved in our organization we would like to introduce them to you so you can see the faces behind Tiny Sparrow Foundation. This week we would like to introduce Mary Beth Thomsen, our Communications Director. Mary Beth is the voice of our organization and will do most of our Facebook updates as well as our blog.
“Some people spend decades searching to uncover their ultimate purpose in life. Some also switch career paths and jobs multiple times, trying to find the perfect balance between their passion and what will pay the bills. I was lucky enough to discover both at an early age.
First and foremost, besides vessels and arterties, I’m convinced that my heart is almost completely comprised of compassion. Secondly, my mind knows how to stack words side-by-side and formulate them on paper in an interesting way. Put those two insights together and that is what landed me as a semi-professional non-profit volunteer. I take my God-given talents and put them to good use.
During the day, my full-time jobs have been for marketing agencies and departments — that work earns a billable paycheck. But I’ve tried to choose companies that give back to the community, direct or indirectly. For that reason, my client roster spans from the American Diabetes Association, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, and the American Cancer Society.
Last year I felt a calling to give back pro bono and decided to volunteer hands-on for the Special Olympics at a local level in my hometown of Virginia. I wanted to go to practices, games, and tournaments — cheering on the athletes for their achievements. Moreover, applaud their courage that is epitomized in the group motto: “Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.”
I soon discovered that the Board needed help; no one was working on public & media relations, branding, or community exposure. So I stepped up and have filled that role ever since. Sure I’d love to be on the court and field experiencing the action, but know that my contribution behind the scenes is where I can make the greatest impact.
Then, a few months ago, I was serendipitously introduced to Lidia, founder of Tiny Sparrow…and the rest is history.
I am honored and humbled to serve as the Foundation’s Communications Director.
The stories and smiles inspire me beyond belief. In the short time I’ve worked with Lidia, the collective resiliency weaved into the Tiny Sparrow community has become palpable. There is something so magical, so special about children. Particularly children who have special needs and face incomprehensible challenges. I come from a large family and have 11 nieces and nephews under my “Aunt Mimi” belt. Two of them RSVP’d to uninvited diseases — type 1 diabetes and autism.
Every single child has a purpose…deserves a chance, and it begins with hope. There are many unanswered questions in the universe but one thing I know for sure is that our situations do not define us; simply put, they make us stronger.
So for every small-statured, innocent individual who is fighting the good fight — no matter how big or small it may be, if the prognosis is terminal or has a life-long battle ahead — I offer up my life’s mission to honor you, my heros of Grace.”