After a summer of volunteering with the Brown House, a local nonprofit, Katie Belue knew she wanted to give back to them in a big way.
Belue is an alumna of C&IS from Birmingham, Alabama and in the spring of her senior year, she took a nonprofit public relations course. Part of the course requirement is for students to make a sizable communications contribution to a nonprofit in the area. Belue immediately began thinking of ways she could contribute to the Brown House’s mission.
Belue built the Brown House’s new website and helped its directors create cohesive communication that would effectively showcase the organization to the community. Belue credits C&IS for preparing her to complete the project.
“Our professors stressed the importance of being effective communicators in all aspects of our work,” said Belue. “Everything you put out there communicates something. I could not have re-branded The Brown House without the skills provided to me through C&IS courses, and I’m thankful that they prepared me to do that as a senior at UA.”
Belue was quick to point out the value in giving back to the community using the skills acquired in college.
“It’s a great way gain invaluable experience that you can use in your professional career,” said Belue. “You’ll get to see the impact that organization has first-hand, and from my experience, you always get way more out of it than you put in.”
Amy Pierce, the administrator at the Brown House, commented on Belue’s contribution to the nonprofit.
“Katie spent an untold amount of hours researching, answering our questions and showing us the positives and negatives to our online presence, in addition to her general website building and lessons for us,” said Pierce. “Now suddenly we were wanting to publish more stories about our neighbors, take more pictures, open up shop for fundraisers, and spread the word about this little community we live and participate in outside of downtown Northport.”
The Brown House works to provide services to the West Circle community and its children. For more information and to view the work that Katie did, visit their website here.