A goodbye from One Equal Heart's Development & Programs Manager, Sara Haugen
Dear One Equal Heart family,
It’s been my honor and pleasure to work with One Equal Heart since 2014 as an intern, volunteer, and most recently, staff. The reasons that first drew me to the mission remain the same today as they did when I was in college: One Equal Heart listens first, then collaborates on innovative solutions with the communities we support in Chiapas. Our programs are about long-term change in people’s lives.
If the Tseltal People have taught me anything, it’s to remember to listen closely when your heart speaks. For me, for a long time, mine has been saying “Home.” I’m finally heeding that tug to return Home, even with the wonderful community I’ve found here in Seattle. My departure from One Equal Heart has been planned since last year, and now all of the elements of my transition are falling into place as we begin summer.
As I prepare for my move, to live closer to my family in Northern California, I find myself centering on gratitude. Being part of this organization and all the people surrounding it has given me more than I can say.
While serving as the Development & Programs Manager during the last 2 years, I’ve been consistently inspired by our Mexican partners, our donors, and our Seattle volunteers. Our partners in Chiapas, who I was fortunate to meet in March, work tirelessly to carry out their projects, often driving or walking for hours to attend community workshops and trainings. The donors I’ve had the pleasure of interacting with at our Fiesta and smaller events come from all walks of life, with interests in social justice, the environment, advocacy, women’s leadership, art, travel, and a shared passion for acting in solidarity with the Tseltal People. Our Board, volunteers, and interns are of the same ranks of inspiring individuals, who give us hours of their busy lives to advance our mission. While the One Equal Heart staff is small, the One Equal Heart family is very, very large.
I’ll continue supporting One Equal Heart from a few hundred miles south, and you’re likely to spot me at the Annual Fiesta now and then. I can’t wait to see what our Executive Director, Karin Columba, and new staff member, Ana Zuccarini, accomplish as this organization grows with your support. I’m also excited for Jeannie, who’s been an invaluable mentor and friend, to watch this beautiful effort she’s led for so many years come into its own, ideally from her patio with an iced tea in hand.
Thank you for everything! ¡Hokolawalik a tod@s!