We’re so lucky at NeighborWorks Blackstone River Valley to have a staff of hardworking, committed team-players who work tirelessly at our mission of building affordable housing and enriching community life.
In this series, you’ll get to know the people behind the work.
Tell us about yourself.
Hi, my name is Brenda Colon! I have four children. I came from Puerto Rico when I was nineteen to live in Rhode Island. I also lived in Rochester, New York for a bit! Since childhood, my kids have had the opportunity to attend NWBRV programs. They were involved in NeighborWorks before I even started my own work here!
What do you do at NWBRV?
I am currently the Finance and Asset Management Assistant in the Finance Department! I do payroll, accounting, bookkeeping, payable and receivables. I had been involved in many different aspects of NeighborWorks for so many years, but Joe offered me a job in 2005, which was when I became a true employee of the company!
How long have you been working with NWBRV, and how did you start working with the organization?
I have been working at NWBRV for over sixteen years! I began as a volunteer, neighborhood resident, and daycare provider in one of NWBRV’s Woonsocket scattered site apartments and daycare units. I’m now in the finance and asset management department. I originally started there as an assistant manager. Since I began my work with the company, I’ve learned the skills necessary to work in several different departments. Eventually I ended up staying in the finance department, which was the area I studied in college! I attended Rhode Island College for accounting and am in the process of getting my CPA license.
What inspires you to do this work?
What inspires me to do this work is how wonderful it is to see how an organization helps the surrounding community move forward with their lives. We are able to get families into their own apartments and also give them the tools they need to buy their own home. It is a joy to see such a process unfold time and time again. I am very proud to be a part of an organization that strives to help, on so many levels, to better its community.
What is your proudest accomplishment working with NWBRV?
I would have to say that broadly speaking, my proudest accomplishment is having the ability to continuously work with the community. Every day I’m able to help NeighborWorks Blackstone River Valley continue on their path. We are consistently able to help improve our community and better the lives of youth. The ability to repeatedly accomplish this would have to be what I am the most proud of.