Volunteer Highlight: Brittany Marsh – NVW2017

Let’s face it. BWI would be nothing without the volunteers that run the organization and all its chapters. Last week, with National Volunteer Week on the horizon, we put out a call on our Facebook page for nominations for outstanding volunteers. Throughout the rest of this week, we’ll be featuring just some of them here on our blog.

Image of a dark brown woman with a red head scarf and pink lipstick, smiling at the camera. She is wearing a grey skirt and floral shirt. She has a baby on her front in an orange and white woven wrap with a long tail, and a toddler on her back in a black and yellow woven wrap. The toddler on the back is smiling. In the sunny background are other babywearing people.

Up next is Brittany Marsh from BWI of Hampton Roads.

She was nominated by Jade Penney.

Why did she nominate Brittany? Jade: “Brittany continually works within our community to bring diversity to our chapter and babywearing at large. She always offers a friendly face at meetings and goes out of her way to make people feel welcomed.”

So I asked Brittany some questions.

Why did you start volunteering?

Brittany: “I started volunteering with BWIofHR because I wanted to help other black caregivers see someone who looked like them at our meetings. I wanted them to feel welcome and know that we wear our babies still!”

What do you love most about volunteering?

Brittany: “What I love most about volunteering is the look on a caregiver’s face when they figure out how to use a new-to-them carrier! I also enjoy giving them that sense of community when we have play dates.”

What positions, if any, have you held, either locally or nationally?

Brittany: “I’m currently an Advanced Babywearing Educator (soon to be Master Babywearing Educator). I served on the local board as Technology Chair for two years and I served as interim Outreach director while our chapter transitioned leadership. I also formed our local social media committee. Nationally, I’m a member of the Diversity and Inclusiveness committee and a member of the social media committee.

What are some achievements you’ve had as a volunteer?

Brittany: “My biggest accomplishment while volunteering–helping to create a safer environment for people of color across Hampton Roads. I’m a huge part of helping our chapter be inclusive as well. I create tutorials that are catered to the black and plus-sized communities so I’m filling a need that was not available to me. That is a huge accomplishment for me.”

Thank you Brittany! BWI and BWI of Hampton Roads are lucky to have you!

4 Responses

  1. Shay

    From all the way in New England Brittany is an inspiration to me!

  2. Daniella

    Brittany is amazing, she always helps even when she isn’t up to it. She is such an asset and I’m so grateful to call her my friend & I love seeing her beautiful face as well as the girls everyday all over the babywearing world – her presence makes an otherwise non-inclusive space welcoming.