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Hi, I'm Breauna! I'm the humble soul behind Connecting the Cause. Here's a little about me and my path...

I am an introvert. The first time I volunteered, I experienced total sensory overload. As an introvert (I am an INFJ for your Myers-Briggs fans), I am driven by close personal connections and individual passions, and am highly sensitive to my environment. So I recognized very quickly, to feel comfortable and motivated as a volunteer, I needed to know the what, why, how, and who of the task before us to really go deep and connect to the cause. Because the volunteer experience can often neglect one or more of these service needs, it can leave participants (at best) unmotivated or (at worst) lost and overwhelmed. I wanted to tap into the mindset and motives that drive volunteers and interns on a personal level, and use that insight to equip organizations with the most effective human capital programs. This is how Connecting the Cause came into being. I was placed here to enable organizations to deeply connect with their volunteers through the use of strategic transformative volunteerism. Trust me, when it clicks, its breathtaking.  

I was once transformed. That's right. I said it. I am a former “fly by night” volunteer, without even knowing it. I was a serial “impacter” that was involved in multiple causes, giving my time and energy in numerous ways, but as I became more responsible with my volunteering and more focused in my giving, I realized that my efforts just meant that I had not been intentional or deeply connected to causes I cared about. I then understood that devoting myself more purposefully and challenging my biases and character in the moments of servitude heightened my knowledge for the cause, developed my empathy, and increased my creativity to solve overarching societal problems.  I was so inundated that I actually found my passion through transformative volunteering and have dedicated my career to igniting others to serve ever since. I now want to package that up and spread that feeling far and wide. Through Connecting the Cause, I now have the honor of teaching other individuals how to volunteer responsibly, change their lives through service, and how to become real partners in change by directing their energy in towards transformative interactions.

These identities and building blocks have coerced me down a path of needing to be directly connected and tied to real impact on a daily basis. Connecting the Cause is that link. I am here to help. 

OK so, here's the professional deets(for those who are interested)...

I received my Bachelor's degree in International Studies from Georgia Southern University, and my Masters in Public Administration, with a concentration in Nonprofit Management, from Georgia State University (Summa Cum Laude). I am an alumni of national service (AmeriCorps), I have volunteered with tons of nonprofits, and currently sit on the advisory board of ChopArt, an organization dedicated to empowering homeless youth through art.

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My almost decade of experiences in engaging with volunteer programs and volunteers encompasses areas including:

  • AmeriCorps State and VISTA programs
  • Developing volunteer opportunities while engaging vulnerable client bases
  • Volunteer on-boarding and training
  • Volunteer program assessments
  • Volunteer coaching 
  • Individual professional development training
  • Recruitment plans and strategies
  • Recognition and engagement

It's a true honor when you've found your niche. I care about the products created, and the impact it has on clients. If you succeed, we all succeed, and that's what matters, and that's what I enjoy.

In my free time you can find me writing to-do lists on how to take over the world through service, reading articles on social neuroscience, taking mini adventures with my hubby, and going to thrift stores trying to find the latest deals.

Anything else you want to know about me? Just ask.

 

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Breauna Arteese Dorelus, MPA

Chief Cause Consultant