In our second "4 Fast Fun Facts" spotlight on Just the Positive, learn about contributor Lisa Blauth. She is the Director of Marketing for the local non-profit Sierra Nevada Journeys.
1. Tell us: What’s your day job, and what’s your favorite part of doing what you do?
As the marketing director at Sierra Nevada Journeys, an outdoor science nonprofit, I get to tell our story about the work we do – helping children explore nature through science. One of the most rewarding aspects of working at Sierra Nevada Journeys is that many of the students come from Title 1 schools and communities of low income. I’m proud that I can support access to quality STEM education that might otherwise not be accessible to some students.
2. Why do you choose to contribute to Just the Positive?
I’ve been a reader of Just the Positive since its launch. Having a “glass half full” outlook on life, I was drawn to the stories shared about local people and organizations that were making a positive impact in our community. I get it, the news outlets must share what is newsworthy, whether it is good news or heart-wrenchingly sad. However, Just the Positive created a platform for sharing stories that are uplifting and inspirational.
3. What do you personally love about our community?
As a native Nevadan, I’ve seen a lot of change in Reno. I appreciate that many of the people who live here have a pioneering spirit; we unite in order to solve any challenges our community faces. If you think back to some of the difficult times we’ve endured — 1997 New Year’s Flood; the Reno Air Race tragedy; the devastating Amtrak crash in 2011 or the IHOP shooting in Carson City that followed later that year — we get through it and became stronger when we work together as a community.
4. What are you most looking forward to in a post-COVID Reno/Sparks?
I hope the can-do spirit of Northern Nevadans and our commitment to helping one another will get us through this pandemic so that we can attend live events again; they are such a part of our city and what makes Reno such a fantastic place to live. Virtual events just aren’t the same as live ones where you can fully immerse yourself in the experience.
Thank you, Lisa! And if you want to be featured in a future edition of 4 Fast Fun Facts: Become a contributor here.