Governor Highlight: Linda Martens | Alternative Worldwide

Linda Martens has at all times been involved in worldwide affairs, so it appears inevitable that she would discover a method to commit her abilities, community, and keenness to a mission like Alternative Worldwide. Her first introduction was by fellow donor Jan Lengthy Harris at a dinner in 1992 the place she instantly fell in love with Alternative’s mission and the thought of a “hand up, not a handout.”

After receiving her bachelor’s diploma in Asian research from The Faculty of Wooster and her grasp’s diploma from Smith Faculty Faculty for Social Work, Linda went on to work at Northwestern and Lutheran Normal-Parkside Hospitals, the place she centered on Worker Help Applications and high quality enchancment work. She transitioned to medical writing for Northwestern’s web site after which turned a content material strategist at Siren Interactive, specializing in uncommon illnesses. She has been retired for 10 years.

Linda has loved worldwide journey since she was a youngster, when she went to Japan for a highschool semester trade program and later to India to check overseas in school. Nonetheless, neither of those experiences remotely in comparison with the expertise of an Alternative Perception Journey. Linda notes that, “There’s a large distinction between touring as a scholar, a vacationer, or an Alternative supporter.”

Linda has gone on two Insights Journeys, Guatemala and the Dominican Republic. She spoke of how necessary these journeys had been to fulfill Alternative’s purchasers, in addition to members of the native employees and different donors. Each time she goes on an Perception Journey, she is impressed by Alternative’s respect for purchasers and dedication to offering them with the assets and abilities they should meet their objectives. “I’m so impressed by our purchasers and by Alternative’s dedication to strolling alongside them,” she says.

An Opportunity client Linda met in her bakery on a trip to Guatemala.
An Alternative consumer Linda met in her bakery on a visit to Guatemala.

One of many facets of Alternative Worldwide that resonates with Linda is the dedication to serving girls. She has been particularly impressed with the Belief Teams mannequin that not solely provides girls entry to cash, but in addition creates a neighborhood and a caring assist community. “Ladies use their loans and coaching to construct their companies, then use the earnings to teach their kids, present for his or her households, and impression their neighborhood,” she says.

Linda has dedicated herself totally to Alternative’s mission. She has raised consciousness by serving to host native occasions and introducing new individuals to the group—simply as she was launched 30 years in the past. She has leveraged her community by inviting Alternative’s Director of Philanthropy Heather Radzinski to talk at her church for his or her “Minute for a Mission” initiative. And at last, Linda even labored with the headquarters employees in Chicago on analysis and advertising initiatives.

“Everybody is devoted, passionate, and considerate,” Linda describes the Alternative employees. We’d say the identical of Linda. Thanks for being a vocal and constant advocate for Alternative!

A Trust Group meeting Linda attended in Guatemala—noting the fingerprint sign in sheet.
A Belief Group assembly Linda attended in Guatemala—noting the fingerprint register sheet.

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