No Task Too Small, No Mountain Too High

Tom Reynolds aims high.

Both with his volunteer work at RVNAhealth, where he currently serves a member of the development committee, and in his personal life, in which he hiked Mount Kilimanjaro to the summit of 19,341 feet at age 65. The endurance, discipline, and enthusiasm required by international exotic-location hiking, a hobby for the past 8 years, are well utilized as a tenured RVNAhealth volunteer.

Reynolds, former two term RVNAhealth Board member, long-time audit committee chair, and former development committee chair has devoted time to the nonprofit for over sixteen years equally because of the mission, which he calls ‘vital to area communities’ and the strength of the organization. “It’s a terrific, well-run organization that provides vital services in our communities,” Reynolds said, “The management at RVNAhealth is wonderful; and they take the time to hire the right people which is evident in the enthusiasm and satisfaction of the staff. The people are the best part of the volunteer work, though it’s really not work. It’s fun.”

Reynolds first became involved with RVNAhealth because philanthropy was an organic part of his business’s guiding principles. Co-owners of a local accounting firm, Reynolds and his partner felt giving back to the communities in which they conducted business was ‘simply the right thing’ and the two have volunteered countless hours to local nonprofits over the years. RVNAhealth, though, is one in particular with which he feels a deep connection and has enjoyed true longevity.

Reynolds refers to his current development volunteer role as “part of the fun committee,” because the people involved are smart, creative, and enjoy each other’s company. The work the committee does, though, is serious business. An integral part of the nonprofit’s vital development work, the committee supports fundraising efforts that offset operational expenses not covered by insurance reimbursements, as well as mission-driven programs offered throughout the community. Time spent may involve identifying new funding sources, creating communication strategies to keep RVNAhealth connected with our donor base, brainstorming event ideas and working to make those a reality, or simply stuffing envelopes with a group for a few hours. All efforts, no matter how small, support the growing organization’s ability to provide top-notch healthcare services in over 30 Connecticut communities.

The RVNAhealth development committee meets once monthly (virtually until further notice) and welcomes new volunteers with open arms. No special skills or fundraising experience are necessary. Just a passion for the mission. For more information, contact Julia Douglas, Development Manager at or 203-438-5555 x1018.

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