This week, we are highlighting our team member Sarah! As our Partnerships Officer, Sarah leads corporate partnership relations and the coordination of Shot@Life’s grants to our UN and vaccine partners. Her work has led to successful partnerships on both the national and global level. Read below to learn more about Sarah and all that she’s contributed to Shot@Life.
How long have you been with Shot@Life?
I joined the Shot@Life team in July 2014, so nearly four years ago.
What has been your favorite moment since joining the team?
I have many favorite moments, but if I had to pick one, it would be traveling to Laos this past February. Since joining the team, I have read and heard many incredible stories about the impact of vaccines and the work of the UN, but it is truly inspiring to see it first-hand. Meeting mothers, fathers, health workers, and UN officials put into perspective not only the power of vaccines but the power of people. People who work tirelessly to reach every last child with vaccines and ensure all children grow up happy and healthy.
What do you think the biggest challenge is for vaccine advocacy?
Vaccines are a victim of their own success. As illnesses like polio and measles have been eliminated in the U.S. and across Europe, fewer people know they are still life-threatening to many children around the world. Through education and advocacy efforts, we can make sure more people understand the power of vaccines and the impact of funding such programs.
What do you wish people knew about Shot@Life/Vaccines/Advocacy?
How simple it is to get involved and become an advocate! Shot@Life has so many resources that make it easy for you to have an impact. Whether writing to your members of Congress, sharing posts on social media, or creating a fundraiser, we have what you need to get started.
What excites you most about your work?
The collective impact we are making with the support of partners and Champions. To date, Shot@Life has helped provide 56 million vaccines to children around the world. That’s 56 million smiling faces we’ve helped through creative partnerships and dedicated advocates.
Why did you join the Shot@Life team?
I have always been interested in making a difference, and the UN Foundation is an organization at the center of tackling global challenges. When the opportunity to join Shot@Life arose, I was excited to be joining a team that works tirelessly to improve the lives of children in need.
Do you have any hidden talents or fun facts that our champions may not know about you?
I love a good competition! I once memorized more than 100 digits of pi (3.14159…) to break the record at my middle school and win a free homework pass. Don’t test me now though, as I can’t get past the first few digits.