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For the public – Ginny Griffing

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My job title: Program manager for Foothills Healthy Babies – a program under the umbrella of Child Advocates of Nevada County.

What I do in my job: This is a home visiting program and I supervise the home visitors.

Why my job is important to the public: Its a program that is designed especially for families with infants who may be feeling overwhelmed with a new baby. We give information and do some hand-holding. We do a lot of cheerleading. A lot of times, new mothers are isolated and we help them connect with the community and the services out there for them.

The special skills and talents I bring to my job: One of the things I do for the program is write proposals for grants. I am a good writer and I also know this community and its resources very well. I have done social work in public service for almost 40 years.

The best part of my job is: This program I am responsible for makes a big difference toward the prevention of child abuse because damage happens very early. These are parents that haven’t done anything wrong and that goes far in the area of prevention.

How I got my job: This is a true Nevada County story. I took a 5-year rest from social work and cleaned houses and took care of dogs. I was tired. Then it was time for me to think about going back and someone whose dog I was caring for worked here and was looking for a social worker for what became Healthy Babies.

How long I’ve been working here: Seven years.

My dream job would be: I have my dream job. I love this job.

My family: Just me.

My hobbies: I like to read. I knit. I just like to spend time with my friends and go to movies, go out to dinner, and go to community stuff. I am not a very rural person, but there is so much to do here.

When I was a kid, I … : I loved to roller skate. I liked to play baseball with the kids in the neighborhood. I was always a reader. I can’t tell you how many libraries I went through.

My dream vacation: To rent a house on Cape Cod and sit in the sun and watch the boats and the birds go by. Or Nantucket Island would do, too.

If a movie were made of my life, I would be played by: Barbra Streisand, and not in one of those serious movies. Or Carrie Fisher.

The people who have made the biggest difference in my life: My father. And the lady at the state personnel board who told me about merit systems jobs in rural counties – that’s how I came to Nevada County.

My hero: Marian Wright Edelman – she’s the executive director of the Children’s Defense Fund.

The best book I’ve read lately … : The best book is always the one I am reading now. Right now I am reading “Paris 1919” by Margaret Macmillan.

I like living in Nevada County because … : I like the feeling of being in a small town where everybody knows everybody. Also the cultural and artistic opportunities here. This is not a typical small town area and I love all my friends – I have a wonderful community of friends.


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