Staff Spotlight – Lauren
Lauren Wimmer is a Cause Driven Leader On Duty at the Spokane Valley YMCA. What began as a simple response to a Craigslist ad has blossomed into a passion, and a family for Lauren. Her story with the Y begins in Salem, Oregon, where she accepted a position working the front desk. While working there, she met Jacob a coworker, and struck up a friendship that would grow to be much more. Over two years after meeting at the Y, Jacob and Lauren became engaged and just welcomed their daughter, Harper, into the world. Aside from her fiancé and daughter, the YMCA helped shape Lauren’s goals and aspirations. She says she really wasn’t aware of all the things the Y does in the community, but now wants to make working for nonprofits a big part of her life moving forward. “It’s so fulfilling working here, I feel like if I can just make a difference, even for just one person, then it’s all worth it.”
Outside of her time at the YMCA, Lauren loves being creative. You can find her often times at the library checking out books, writing poetry, even attending and participating in open mic nights. Lauren has also been very involved in dance, teaching for many years, and also playing the drums in an all-girl punk band. After having her daughter, Laruen is excited to get outdoors and hike around the Inland Northwest with her growing family. We are so happy to have Lauren be a part of our YMCA family and look forward to see both her and Jacob continue to help their community.