The day Amanda Crawford interviewed for the development director position at the Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resources Center, a young girl stopped in to donate money from her lemonade stand.

Crawford knew immediately it was the right place for her.

"That is not something you normally see," Crawford said.

It told her, Crawford said, that there was an almost familial bond between the community and the community resources center.

"This community just seems to be so connected to CRC," she said.

It will be Crawford's job to to do more than just keep that connection, said Bill Owens, executive director.

"We look for her to increase and deepen our relationship with our supporters and those who don't know us as well in the Clintonville neighborhood," he said.

"I think I bring a unique background with me to CRC," Crawford said.

Crawford, who grew up in Stark County, decided to follow in the footsteps of her parents, who were philanthropic people involved in organizations such as 4-H and the YMCA.

"It just seemed a good fit to me," she said.

Crawford has worked in direct sales, been executive director of a soil and water conservation district and held jobs at a variety of nonprofit organizations. Most recently, she was manager of community impact at United Way of Richland County.

Crawford always wanted to move to Columbus, but was looking for the proper fit.

"I wanted to find the right organization that I could get behind," she said. "I think I'm looking to build on and just expand what CRC has already done. I'd like to take that farther to connect to metropolitan Columbus."

Crawford said she planned to continue the special events the resources center sponsors and possibly add some in the future.

"Honestly, I'm just really excited to be a part of the community," she said. "I'm really excited to dive in."

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