Sitting down with Amy Atticks

Hi, I’m Marin Faherty, a veteran RMHC Richmond House Volunteer/current Communications & Development Summer Intern, and a VCU student. For my second RMHC Blog post, I interviewed Amy Atticks, RMHC Richmond’s Director of Development & Communications.

Amy Atticks was born and raised on the shoreline of Connecticut. She earned her bachelor’s from the College of William & Mary and her master’s from Brown University. She’s worked for non-profit organizations in Brooklyn, Rhode Island and Virginia, and on a variety of independent projects — from organizing artist Sally Mann’s digital archive, to developing holography interpretation for the MIT Museum. Most recently, Amy served as Senior Manager of Individual Giving for the Richmond Symphony.

Here’s a bit more I discovered about Amy:

What do you enjoy doing in your time outside work hours? “My family has all, finally, settled in Virginia and D.C. — I am grateful to spend time with my three siblings, three in-laws, three (soon to be four) nieces and nephews, my mom and my dad. I like hosting backyard fire pits with my neighbors, walks around Church Hill with my chihuahua-terrier and ‘Carolina dog,’ and I volunteer for local organizations like Gallery 5, CHA of RVA and the Piedmont Council for the Arts.”

What do you do as Director of Development and Communications for RMHC Richmond? “I work with the Development and Communications team (Annual Fund Manager, Development & Communications Coordinator, Special Events Coordinator) to raise awareness and funds to support families whose children are receiving treatment in Richmond area hospitals; and I connect with chapters around the world and with RMHC Global on PR and fundraising initiatives to ensure our strategic growth.”

What is one memorable experience you’ve had working here? “This April, through their March-madness style tournament, Hoops for the House, Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity brothers at the University of Richmond raised over $25,000 to support our Happy Wheels program. We tracked their progress, and joined them court-side for the tournament, during which they broke their own historic record.”

What is your favorite part of working here? “I think it’s pretty cool that RMHC Richmond is part of a global network of sister chapters in 43 countries around the world, and more than 300 Houses throughout the United States–and that at the same time, RMHC Richmond is an independent non-profit, funded and fueled by the volunteers and donors in the Richmond area. It means that we call, meet, and learn from our colleagues in Moscow and Auckland and Bangkok; Philadelphia and Stanford and Winston-Salem; and use what we learn to work with our local hospital partners to best serve the needs of our own region.

I also love that so many people at different points in their lives and from different backgrounds–grad students, church groups, corporate employees, Rotary Clubs–volunteer and contribute to help thousands of diverse families in need each year. RMHC Richmond’s volunteers and donors share meals, activities, comforts, sleep rooms, and access to the RMHC Sibling Center within hospital walls as resources for families largely from our own community. At the same time, through our House, in 2017 alone, our volunteers and donors served families from 80 counties in Virginia, 17 states in the U.S. and 7 countries around the world.”

What is one thing you would like to accomplish during your time with RMHC Richmond? “As our partners including VCU and the World Pediatric Project continue to expand their services and facilities, making Richmond a leading site for pediatric care, RMHC Richmond must evolve to meet the needs of families whose children are receiving medical treatment in our area. I hope to help lead our team to grow together so that we can strengthen local support to make this possible.”