Young Professionals Spotlight: Mayra Ramos, Harvest Community Center
Young Professionals Spotlight:
Mayra Ramos, Harvest Community Center
What is your profession/job title and how long have you been with the company?
I serve as the Assistant Director for Harvest Community Center, the small nonprofit with a big heart! I have been with this nonprofit for a year now – times flies when you are having fun!
What is your favorite thing about your job?
What I enjoy most about my job is seeing the big smiles we receive from the children we serve – they melt my heart every time! We are more than a nonprofit working with people, we are part of their families and we get to be a part of their celebrations and work with them on some of their challenges. I also enjoy being able to connect a community member with a service project that they can enjoy – volunteering does not have to be chore, it truly can be fun and rewarding and I love when I can help a volunteer feel that way about the work they do with us.
Outside of work, how are you involved in the local community?
Outside of work I volunteer with my local animal shelter and foster dogs. My husband and I welcome one foster dog at a time in to our home and work with them on a specific training plan to make them more adoptable. Once they’re ready, we photograph them and tell their story in hopes of finding them the perfect home. We have successfully found homes for four dogs and are working on our fifth – Elsie! She is a timid, 7-year-old German Shepard mix who is afraid of the world and gets to explore it with us.
What are your goals for the future?
Professionally, my goal is to continue using my talents and passion to serve and advocate for my community. I truly believe in the power of community and plan to stay connected in a variety of ways to continue making lasting positive impacts. Personally, I would love to get scuba certified to explore the Great Barrier Reef and experience the beauty of the world under water.
What advice do you have for other local young professionals?
My advice to other local young professionals is to get connected to a variety of groups/people depending on your interests and have fun! Do not feel pressured to say yes to everything, be mindful in picking activities and opportunities that align with your values and goals because when you do something, and you enjoy it, you are contributing valuable energy.
The best thing about the Santa Maria Valley is…
The people are the best thing about Santa Maria Valley! I have only been in the area for a year and feel like I belong because the people have been very warm and welcoming. Thank you all for making me feel so welcome!