Angie Buxton first came to Women, Work and Community to develop her massage therapy business; she completed the New Ventures class in South Portland and launched her business in 2009. From Heart to Hands focused on massage with underserved populations such as elders, people with chronic illnesses, and people in treatment and recovery for cancer, as well as stress relief massage for the rest of us. She provided seated massage to people who are homeless as a volunteer.
Even with a solid business plan, Angie found it difficult to make enough from her business during the tough economic times. Angie decided to pursue employment to provide a more reliable income for her household. In 2010 Angie again turned to Women, Work and Community to help determine an appropriate career direction and job search strategy. Angie worked with WWC staff to identify and explore possible careers that matched her interests and skills. Once Angie clarified her direction, she worked on creating a resume and cover letter highlighting her transferable skills.
Angie applied for, and was offered a position at United Way of Mid Coast Maine as a Loaned Executive for their fall fundraising campaign. Though a temporary position, it allowed Angie to use her strengths and further develop her skills while making key contacts in the community. Several months later, another job opened up at United Way; Angie applied and was offered the position.
As Volunteer Initiative Coordinator, Angie is able to combine her belief in service, experience in the nonprofit sector and skills in management to promote volunteerism in the Midcoast area through public education, capacity building and professional development for managers of volunteers. While she continues to offer massage on a part-time basis, the regular income gives her the ability to better plan her family’s financial future.
In addition, Angie volunteers her time to WWC as a member of the Ambassador Club, offering her voice, time and energy to local and statewide initiatives.