BOEING FRONTIERS / DECEMBER 2013–JANUARY 2014 51 improvement would be possible until Dan came in,” said FACETS volunteer manager Alyson Zimbler. “With Dan’s help, we now have a five-year plan and budget for how to keep improving. We are much more independent now and can do much more without relying on our outside contractor.” For Rubin, helping the nonprofit organization also gave him have a better appreciation of the dual benefits of skills-based volunteering: his own leadership development and the deeper community impact. “I appreciate the value of traditional volunteering, but I’ve never felt that it’s quite as rewarding or sustainable as something like this,” he said. “I feel like I’m enabling them to help them-selves. I want them to feel as if they’re empowered to continually improve. “If they don’t need my help for another year or two,” he added, “that’s how I’ll know I made an impact.” n email@example.com PHOTOS: (Top) A close-up of starfish and other aquatic life at the Seattle Aquarium. (Above) Toni Miller, from left, Boeing 747 Lean+ practitioner, Blake Skouras, Boeing 747 Lean+ promotion office manager, Renatta Williams, Seattle Aquarium program scheduler, and Dan Newburn, Seattle Aquarium education operations coordinator. (Right) A young visitor peers into a tide-pool exhibit.
Frontiers December 2013—January 2014 Issue
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