WSH Staff Spotlight

We say farewell and thanks to our intern, Stephanie Tam


Today we say goodbye to our intern, Stephanie Tam. Stephanie spent the last five months with us as our first Development & Communications intern. She helped spread the word about our impact by handling all of our social media platforms and writing blogs. She also supported day-to-day fundraising activities through appeals, acknowledgements and donor cultivation efforts, and assisted in planning and the execution of fundraising and outreach events.

Why did you become an intern at WS Helpline?

At the time, I recently came back from teaching English in South Korea for two years, and was in the process of researching and applying for jobs. I came across WS Helpline’s job post about a development & communications internship- I have interned at two non-profits prior, and wanted to continue to develop my skills in communications and development in non-profit.

I also became an intern because I really admired WS Helpline’s mission, which is to put a stop to homelessness by having neighbors helping neighbors. I admired how WS Helpline is a non-profit that is committed to providing low-income residents and families in the West Seattle community with emergency assistance. I wanted to be a part of the WS Helpline team, in making efforts to create a social impact on our neighbors, and to help them feel empowered.

Why do you like WS Helpline?

There are so many reasons! Again, the mission statement really resonated with me. I feel like most of us sometimes forget how fortunate we are to have a home with running water, heat, and electricity, and clothes. Because of the booming housing crisis here in Seattle, most of our neighbors are becoming more homeless. I admire the programs and services that WS Helpline offers to our neighbors who are recovering from financial hardships.

I have met some extraordinary people who are so dedicated in WS Helpline’s mission. I had the opportunity to work with the Board of Directors in outreach events and by participating in event committee meetings. They show passion and a commitment to better serve our neighbors in West Seattle. The staff here has been so kind and helpful, and helped me grow both professionally and personally. They have become my mentors, and I feel so grateful to have been part of such a hard-working and dedicated team. I also have met some incredible volunteers, who dedicate their time from their busy lives to come volunteer at WS Helpline.

What are your plans after this internship?

I got a job offer at University Beyond Bars as a Development, Communications, and Operations Assistant here in Seattle. I am so excited to start my job at UBB, and to continue to grow into the development and communications side of working at a non-profit. It is bittersweet to leave my internship at WS Helpline- I am constantly inspired on what WS Helpline does in providing emergency assistance to our neighbors, and I cannot wait to see what they do next for our neighbors in the West Seattle community!

Stephanie has been an amazing intern, who shared her passion for human rights and social justice with us at the Helpline. We will miss her positive attitude and compassion for all of our neighbors in the West Seattle community. We thank her for all of her hard work and dedication at what we do at the Helpline. We wish her the best of luck at her new job with UBB!