SPRINGVILLE—Pam Rupp hadn’t thought of using her skills to benefit the greater community, but a phone call in December changed that. Rupp, who owns Aurora Nicole Boutique, was contacted by Grover Riefler on behalf of the Springville-Griffith Community Education Foundation.
With Patrick Hurley stepping down, the Education Foundation was looking for a treasurer. In addition to owning her own business, Rupp works for House of Steel as the office manager. Her position there includes managing the business’ books.
“Grover knew my background and my job [with House of Steel],” Rupp said. “He reached out to me and it went from there.”
Rupp had an idea of what the Springville-Griffith Community Education Foundation does, having previously worked with founders Mike and Mary Hannon. After speaking with Riefler further about the Education Foundation’s mission, Rupp was up to the challenge.
“I love that there is a group of people who are concerned with raising money for the community,” Rupp said. “I was intrigued by what they do.”
Rupp officially took on the role of treasurer in February, after an induction ceremony, and jumped right into the position. Though new to the position and the Education Foundation, Rupp was able to help choose the organizations who will be receiving mini-grants. While helping to decide where the mini-grants will be going was exciting, Rupp is looking forward to something else.
“I loved seeing what they’ll do with the money,” she said. “I’m so happy to be part of this group who wants to help others.”
The Springville-Griffith Community Education Foundation is Rupp’s first work with a non-profit. She said it’s still too early to decide what sort of impact she wants to have on the Education Foundation, and for now, she’s happy to just be contributing.
“I’ve been a lifeguard since I was 14 … I just like to help people,” she said. “If I can help people in any way, I’m happy to be a part of that.”
The Springville-Griffith Community Education Foundation was founded in 2008 to help provide education facilities and programs to the Springville-Griffith Institute Central School District. Their mini-grants and annual wine tasting event have raised money for Bertrand Chaffee Hospital, the Springville Boys and Girls Club, The Children’s League and the Concord Historical Society, among others.