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EMMA ONAWA
GRANT WRITER AND VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR
hope COALITION
RED WING

HOPE Coalition works with ordinary people facing extraordinary trauma: domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, homelessness. When they come to us they’re frightened, confused, feeling alone; and looking for assistance and guidance as they rebuild their lives. We step in at that point: we restore hope and help rebuild lives. HOPE serves an average of 1,700 people annually in Goodhue, Wabasha, and Western Pierce (WI) counties. We are the sole provider of domestic violence, child abuse and sexual assault services and a primary provider of services to the homeless in our service area. All services are provided free of charge.

Prior to her current role as Grant Writer and Coordinator of Volunteers at HOPE Coalition where she develops organizational resources and volunteer program, Emma offers a wide range of leadership, program development and planning, and community engagement experience.  Emma has served in a number of leadership positions with nonprofits including Hispanic Outreach Goodhue County, United Way of Goodhue, Wabasha and Pierce County, Lake City Food Shelf, Friends of the Red Wing Library, Three Rivers Community Action, and is a Blandin Community Leadership Program alum. Emma also served as an attorney for Analyst’s International Corporation and the International Institute of Minnesota, and as an adjunct clinical instructor at Mitchell/Hamline Law School.  Emma holds a BA in Psychology from St. Catherine University and a JD from Mitchell/Hamline College of Law.

According to Emma, “I have a wide variety of experience, background, and knowledge. I am a retired attorney, specialized in the practice of immigration law and taught students and legal assistants immigration law. Throughout my career I’ve been committed to the development, support and growth of nonprofit entities and the services they provide. My nonprofit service has been primarily in the social services, including elder services, refugees and immigrants, various services for those living in poverty and other disadvantaged groups. Both professionally and as a volunteer I’ve served on several boards/steering committees, the tasks for which range from program/event planning and implementation, coordination of services, direct services, writing/editing, strategic planning, grant writing and other fundraising. I feel would bring a broad perspective to MCN board.”

For more information about HOPE Coalition, visit:  https://hope-coalition.org