When Kaylie Marsh volunteered with Camp Swift, a local nonprofit that provides educational and leadership opportunities for underprivileged youth, as a teenager, she probably didn’t think she would end up running the organization someday.
Now in her role as executive director, she gets to watch lives being changed on a daily basis.
“We’re developing leaders and strong community members,” she says. “In everything I’m doing, I’m teaching youth how to give back to the community and really instilling in them a passion for giving back.”
She learned the value of community service from her parents, she says.
“It’s a value I was raised with. It’s my responsibility to help create the community that I’m a part of, and in doing that, I give back.”
In her teenage years, that meant participating in NFTY through Temple Chai, and in college, she was on the board of Hillel at the University of Colorado.
Marsh, who is recently engaged, says that one of the benefits of strong female involvement in the community is women’s ability to connect with each other.
“Across different sects of Judaism, generations, women have a tendency to really connect the segments of the Jewish community, and then bring them together as a whole.”