Scribes in the Community
Dorothy Smith: Girls on the Run
Dorothy Smith is an active member of the ScribeAmerica team, currently serving as Vice President of Senior Management. Graduating from Hofstra University in 2015 as a biology and psychology major on the pre-med track, she has always had an interest in the medical field. Dorothy began as a scribe for ScribeAmerica in 2014 as well as worked for a non-profit organization that located her in local underprivileged communities and hospitals during her undergrad years. She has a strong background in both medicine and volunteering: two things that she is very passionate about and incorporates into her daily life. After graduating, Dorothy was offered the position of Regional Manager for her site before being promoted to VPSM. While she has had plenty of volunteer experience in the past, such as partnering with Relay for Life at local colleges and hosting food can drives in Long Island, Dorothy is most active today with the non-profit, Girls on the Run.
Girls on the Run is “dedicated to creating a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams.” Within this program, young girls – 4th-6th graders – who live in low-income areas meet twice a week after school to learn about teamwork, leadership, and assertiveness. The non-profit’s three main training programs include “understanding ourselves, valuing relationships and teamwork, and understanding how we connect with and shape the world at large.” Each year, Dorothy helps coordinate a 5k race with Girls on the Run and ScribeAmerica. The girls, who train for this race all year long, are each paired with a scribe who serves as a buddy that motivates and encourages them to reach the finish line. Although this year’s race was only the second time it had been sponsored by ScribeAmerica, Dorothy hopes to continue growing and expanding this partnership for many years to come.
Currently, Dorothy is looking to get her Masters in Public Health so she can one day fulfill her goal of starting her own non-profit organization. She hopes for it to focus on and aid the youth that live in high-risk and low-income communities. Most of Dorothy’s volunteer events have been located in Long Island; in the future, she hopes to expand throughout the northeast and eventually throughout the entire country. Working for ScribeAmerica has been a great driving force for Dorothy’s volunteer work, as she loves that the company encourages its employees to truly get out into the world and always lend a hand wherever one is needed. ScribeAmerica pushes her everyday to be both a better employee and humanitarian, and to continue pursuing her passions and aspirations.