Welcome Beth – Bringing Expertise and Heart to Grant Writing

Written by Plant With Purpose on July 26, 2012 in General

Today, we’d like to introduce you to Plant With Purpose’s newest U.S. staff member, Beth Luthye! This post gives you a small glimpse into all that Beth brings to the table. We are thrilled to have her officially join the team full-time as our Grant Writer. Be looking for more wise words from Beth.  

So … I started work last week as the new grant writer for Plant With Purpose, and I was asked to write an intro blog. I’m not exactly new to Plant With Purpose, though. I served as a grant-writing intern last fall, and then I came back to do some freelance work in the spring. Then, when the amazing Aly Lewis decided to go another direction so she could chase a dream, I was honored to step into her vacated role. 

I am currently finishing a master’s degree in international development through Eastern University, and I am a believer in the work that Plant With Purpose is doing to address poverty in rural communities around the globe in a way that provides dignity and hope. I love how real change in the lives of families and communities can be rooted in simple but lasting solutions, such as planting trees and improving crops. 

I moved to San Diego a year and a half ago after working for a few years with another development organization in the Caribbean. Most of that time was spent in Haiti, both before and after the earthquake. There I saw the devastating effects of deforestation, but I also saw the beauty of the people and the place and the possibilities for a different future. It’s that hope in the possibilities that motivates me.

Much of my days are spent with my two-and-a-half-year-old daughter, who inspires me every day with her love of life and love of people. I also find inspiration in sunsets, the ocean, travel, autumn’s changing leaves, conversations about things that matter, good books, interesting photographs, laughter, beautiful films, true compassion, and friendship. And I agree with Frederick Buechner that, “all moments are key moments, and life itself is grace.” 

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