GRANTHAM, Pa. (Feb. 24, 2014) - The Messiah College Department of Human Development and Family Science (HDFS) recently awarded its 2013 Outstanding Alumni Award to Sarah Daniels, 2006 graduate in human development and family science. The award is designed to recognize HDFS alumni for distinguished contributions to the service of individuals and families.
Daniels was selected for her bold advocacy for vulnerable individuals and families in the West Chester area. Following her graduation in 2006, Daniels was hired as a housing manager for the Domestic Violence Center of Chester County where she helped 14 women and their 36 children navigate paths toward self-sufficiency. In 2008 Daniels joined Big Brothers Big Sisters to manage more than 100 mentoring relationships for at-risk youth and coordinate volunteer retention efforts. She simultaneously worked towards a Certificate in Nonprofit Fundraising from Delaware County Community College and obtained a Master's Degree in Nonprofit Management for Eastern University. In 2013 she was hired as the director of the Elite Charitable Foundation where she oversaw grant making to nonprofits serving children and families. Within a few short months she was recruited by one of her grantees to work as their Development Coordinator for the Garage Community & Youth Center. Within the first four months of the position, Daniels has raised more than $69,500 from brand new funding sources. She has also developed and implemented program evaluation tools to more effectively capture the organization's impact in the community.