This summer the nonprofit community suffered an unfortunate loss with the passing of Sean Hopkins, who was a vital part of All Faiths’ fundraising team for 7 1/2 years before leaving to become the Director of Development at Saranam. I had the pleasure of working with Sean for 6 of those years. During that time he taught me many valuable lessons- from where to find the best fish and chips in town, to how to talk about our agency with a passion that was contagious. However, the most important lesson I learned from Sean was to make time. Make time to answer the phone and really listen, make time to stop by a friends’ house for no other reason than to say hi, make time to really get to know the people who cross your path. I’m not sure how he did it, but Sean always made time. Sean listened, even if you only met for an elevator ride to the 4th floor of the Bank of America building, by the end you had made a friend, who not only remembered your name, but months later would recognize you on the street and ask how the job interview you where headed to that day in the elevator had gone. Sean made time to listen.
Sean lived for his community and spent his days working to help people. The impact he made at All Faiths and in our community was palpable. He was a gentlemen, a mentor, an advocate, a son, a husband, a doggie dad and a friend who is truly missed by many.