Today we’d like to introduce you to Natasha Skinner.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Natasha. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I am a proud Georgia peach raised in Lithonia, Georgia. I graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Healthcare Administration with a concentration in Healthcare Management and currently work in clinical research. I also have the distinct privilege of serving as a brand ambassador for J Self Cosmetics (Black-owned cosmetics company), am an Arbonne consultant, and honorably serve as Coordinator of Volunteers for Scattering Resources Incorporated.
I split my time between Atlanta and North Carolina, endeavoring to better each community whenever possible.
In 2016, after tragically losing my younger sister, I had to re-focus my purpose in this world. Walks for causes and volunteering in the community have been more than ways for me to make our little slices of Earth better places, they functioned as avenues that allowed me to find healing in the strength of others.
I had the honor of becoming Coordinator of Volunteers for Scattering Resources Inc. in 2019, a non-profit that strives to provide basic necessitates to disadvantaged individuals across the nation and in Haiti, currently based in Smyrna (GA) and led by CEO, Tamara Moore. Currently, we are accepting medical supplies and hygiene donations during the COVID-19 pandemic to help those in need. I also work closely with “Cinco de Lit”, an outstanding group of women from around Atlanta, to create baskets for cancer and send care packages to cancer patients in memory of my late friend, Joy Chanel, belated founder and CEO of Divas Fighting Cancer.
I consider myself a productive woman with a heart for giving, and I pray my service in our community continues to honor my sister, Miss. Jasmynn Skinner, and dear friend, Joy Chanel.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
I battled fiercely with depression after losing my sister in 2016; my life, as I knew it, was shattered. I’d recently moved to Nashville for a research position and instead of enjoying my time in a new city, I had to drive to and from Atlanta to make sure my family was alright. There were times I would work long, hard hours just to get off and drive home alone feeling broken. Longtime friends were lost; there were no peaceful nights and brought on by long periods without eating or sleeping. Volunteering started as a way for me to regain portions of myself, so I started working with different organizations on the weekend. The trauma and sadness I felt started to wane as I delved deeper into service completing community service and from laughing and talking to the organization members. The calling to serve others, for me, has been as much a blessing to those in need as it has been an avenue to foster greater understanding, spiritual restoration, and growth.
We’d love to hear more about your organization.
Scattering Resources Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to drawing sustained attention to the needs of individuals in poverty in Haiti and across the United States. A significant portion of our resource efforts seek to directly impact the lives of many who have limited access to education, training, and health care, many of whom and are living highly dangerous environments impacted by war, natural disasters, and unsanitary conditions tied to poverty. I am proud to spearhead our volunteer, digital efforts, leading virtual volunteering opportunities during the current global pandemic.
Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
My parents deserve major credit for instilling ideal morals, values, and love in my heart; they keep my motivational flame alit so I can keep going when the going gets tough. My closest friends, old and new, the ladies of “Cinco de Lit” – Shauntae Smith and Mrs. Kimberly Mosley for their boundless support through good and bad times, as well as family – my cousin Latrisha Moore is my biggest supporter and has supported me in every single business venture, volunteer opportunity, professional move, and relocation. Tamara Moore, the CEO of Scattering Resources, has spoken life back into me during my most emotionally naked times, allowing me to turn pain into purpose by giving. Jessica Jernigan, who introduced me to Arbonne, inspired me to help others make better wellness and life choices. Dr. Dina Avery, my former college professor turned motivator and “shero”, deserves a medal for always making me feel like I can do any and everything; she makes me set the bar high for myself and everyone within my orbit.
- Use ‘NatashaV’ for 20% off when shopping at black-owned beauty brand www.jselfcosmetics.com
- Address: Scattering Resources Inc.
2490 Herodian Way SE
Smyrna, GA 30080
- Website: www.scatteringresources.org
- Instagram: @nvswellness
- Other: https://www.linkedin.com/in/natasha-skinner-467715b0/
Photographer: Cuemadi the Photographer of A.Z.U. Photography Studios