This month, Spice Kitchen Incubator, a program of the International Rescue Committee (IRC) in Salt Lake City, launched its newly redesigned website with the help of Rachel Warner, a skills-based volunteer whose professional career spans website design, food photography, outdoor recreation education, and consulting. Throughout the year, Rachel volunteered her time redesign, restructure, and launch Spice Kitchen Incubator’s new website. Before Rachel’s efforts, the old website was challenging to navigate and did not effectively promote the work of Spice Kitchen entrepreneurs. The redesign aimed to make the website more modern and user-friendly for the entrepreneur participants and community members alike.
Projects of this nature are only possible with the help of volunteers who donate their time and unique set of abilities. Rachel learned about the IRC, and later Spice Kitchen, through an article in the Salt Lake Tribune. Rachel uses her culinary science and photography degrees to help local businesses master their food branding. She saw an opportunity to combine her expertise with her desire to give back to the community.
“I love food and I love helping out, so I decided to go in there and see if I could help with web design,” said Rachel. So far, Rachel has worked with three refugee businesses to design websites, menus, and creative marketing.
For Rachel, it is uniquely rewarding to be able to use her professional skills and passions to support refugees as they build their businesses. “It’s kind of the best to be able to do what I love to do,” she commented. “It’s very rewarding to see other people succeeding because of my help and the community that I am a part of.”
By donating her skills, Rachel has helped to empower refugee entrepreneurs in their businesses and assist them on the road to self-sufficiency. A heartfelt thanks to Rachel for her efforts to support the IRC and the refugees we serve.
Do you have skills you’d like put to use to serve refugees in our community? Reach out by emailing us at VolunteerSLC [at] Rescue.org (subject: Skills-Based%20Volunteering) and use “Skills-Based Volunteering” in your subject line.