Alonso Garcia Community Engagement Coordinator, INALLIANCE
Tell us a little bit about yourself. Where do you work? What do you do for fun?
I currently work for INALLIANCE, a nonprofit that provides support services for adults with physical and developmental disabilities. I have been employed by them for almost 4 years as the Community Engagement Coordinator. As the Community Engagement Coordinator, I facilitate and implement the agency’s public relations and fund development strategies including: coordination of agency branding, advertising and informational publications as well as develop and implement fundraising events and activities.
When not in the office I love taking advantage of the fact that we are so close to many awesome places. I love being outdoors and being active. But you can usually find me at one of the many local craft beer establishments on the grid.
What motivated you to join United Way’s Young Leaders Society?
I joined YLS to make a difference in my community. The K2C project is a great way to help children achieve their goals of higher education.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
You build on failure. You use it as a stepping stone. Close the door on the past. You don’t try to forget the mistakes, but you don’t dwell on it. You don’t let it have any of your energy, or any of your time, or any of your space.
What would you say to other young professionals looking to get involved in the community?
As a YP we are so focused on getting ahead, working like crazy, and trying to have a social life. Find a cause, find an organization that supports that cause (hopefully you decide to join YLS) and get involved with that organization. You will get some awesome karma, and who know you might even meet the love of your life by volunteering and not swiping right!
If you could change one thing about our community, what would it be and why?
Each neighborhood and community is vastly different, one of the many awesome things about Sacramento. I would love to bring each community much closer because of the end of the day we all have the same goal in mind: to enrich the lives of the children and families that live in them. Giving each community the tools and resources that they need to support the next generation of young leaders succeed be able to give back.
Favorite Book and TV Show:
TV shows: I’ll just name a few otherwise this list will go on for a while – Greys Anatomy, Scandal, How to get away with murder, 2 Broke Girls, Gilmore Girls, and we will end the list with The Golden Girls.
Books: Choosing a book is like choosing a favorite child. You can’t pick just one because you love them all equally. Some of my favorites are: the Harry Potter series, the autobiography of Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, For One More Day by Mitch Albom.
Little known fact:
I’m not a big sweets or candy person, but I have a slight addiction to Haribo gummy bears.