Cheryl Nesbitt first began volunteering when her two daughters were young, later turning that energy toward her community. An accountant at the Denver Campus, she spends her free time helping families in need, teaching Sunday school, coordinating educational programs and visiting shut-ins. “I like giving back,” she says. “I like doing something for others.” Though she downplays her efforts, her contributions are considerable. Through the Denver Mayor’s Family and Senior Homeless Initiative, she is part of a church-sponsored team working to guide those less fortunate. The group's focus is always personal and heartfelt. From mentoring others in child rearing and budgeting, to helping develop housing and career goals, Nesbitt works one-on-one to help others be self-sufficient.
As a project manager for the Wise Up program, she guided an online program teaching women ranging in age from early 20s to mid 70s how to manage their finances, even procuring laptops for those who can’t connect to the internet at home. “It’s all about relationships,” Nesbitt says. “I think in anything that you do, if you build relationships, it makes it easier.” The success of others is her reward, she says. “It really does a heart good to see that.”