Life has already taken Sabrina Uzodinma on quite a journey, from Kentucky, to upstate New York, to Northern New Jersey. Today, she believes she has found a home at Nutley Family Service Bureau (NFSB) as Volunteer Coordinator.
After a few whirlwind weeks that saw Sabrina find a home, start her job at NFSB, and tie the knot, she’s grateful to be part of the Nutley community.
“I just kind of fell in love with NFSB from the start,” Sabrina said. “When they contacted my references, a former supervisor told me it was an amazing organization and I should go work there! I love that mental health has been the focus of the mission for such a long time. That’s what spoke to me the most.”
As NFSB’s new Volunteer Coordinator, Sabrina’s immediate focus will involve enhancing the volunteer onboarding process and creating training programs for new volunteers. On a day-to-day basis, Sabrina is managing all volunteer efforts, including database management and scheduling.
You can also expect to see Sabrina at community events, where she’ll be introducing herself, talking about volunteering opportunities, and walking people through the process of becoming an NFSB volunteer.
Sabrina has extensive experience in volunteer management, training, and recruitment with Passaic County CASA and Girl Scouts of Kentucky’s Wilderness Road Council. She has also worked to improve the lives of seniors as Program Services Coordinator at Arden Courts of Whippany, a dementia care facility, and as Recreation Coordinator at Appleridge Senior Living in Horseheads, NY.
Sabrina is an ordained pastor with a Master of Divinity from Baptist Seminary of Kentucky, and Bachelor of Science in Human Services and Religion from the University of the Cumberlands in Kentucky.
As Volunteer Coordinator at NFSB, it didn’t take Sabrina long to see why the organization has such a strong connection with the Nutley community.
“Every time I walk by a staff member or volunteer, they know exactly who they’re talking to,” Sabrina said. “Whether they’re talking to a client, another volunteer, or someone in the community, they know the person by name. They’re friendly. They listen to them and genuinely want to help them. Everyone feels comfortable walking through our door.”
If you’re recently retired, a student looking for service hours, or you just want to make a difference in your community, Sabrina has a simple message.
“We have a place for you,” Sabrina said. “We’ll find a way to utilize your skills and passions, whether you want to volunteer with the Thrift Shop, our new Neighbor to Neighbor Program, or community fundraising events. NFSB is a place where everyone has an opportunity to serve and give back.”
If you’d like to learn about volunteering opportunities at NFSB, we’d love to hear from you! Please call Sabrina at 973-667-1884, stop by NFSB at 169 Chestnut Street in Nutley, or visit the Volunteers page on the NFSB website.