Interview with Lurcia Missakila of H.O.P.E. Works

As part of our Nonprofit Interview Series, Common Good VT’s Summer Intern, Ayden Carpenter, spoke with Advocate, Director of Outreach/ Prevention/Education and the Volunteer Coordinator, Lurcia Missakila of HOPE Works. HOPE Works is a Chittenden county based nonprofit that focuses on issues related to sexual violence. The organization’s mission and proximity to UVM and Champlain College places HOPE Works in the rare position of having a large amount of volunteers, particularly during the school year. Among other topics, Lurcia and Ayden talk about how HOPE Works leverages this extra support in their programing, essential in a time of funding challenges across the sector.

The mission and resources of HOPE Works many be different to those of your organization but they face many of the same issues as your organization. Give the interview a listen and see if any of the ideas spark something new.

Watch the Interview Here:

HOPE Works is dedicated to ending all forms of sexual violence. We are committed to serving the Chittenden County community through the continued provision of our services and to being a leading voice in the State of Vermont for meaningful change in law and society. We provide crisis counseling and advocacy for those whose lives have been affected by sexual violence. Our education outreach work strives to change attitudes and beliefs that perpetuate and condone the cycle of violence. We constantly seek to expand our efforts to meet the needs of an increasingly diverse community and welcome all to our agency. Support for our mission is actively sought through fundraising, development, and the dedicated efforts of our volunteers.