Between working as an executive office manager for CenterLink, volunteer for the Pride Center and Women in Network, Julia Landis does whatever she can for her community — and she loves it.
“It’s an honor to serve every day,” she said.
Landis is most well-known for donating all of the school supplies to the Judy Shepherd Tools for Schools Drive and all of the toys to the Judy Shepherd Toy Drive. How does she afford all of these items for the community? Landis and her coworkers at the Pride Center turned to an unexpected place for inspiration — reality television.
Watching TLC’s “Extreme Couponing,” Landis realized that if people on the show could get goods for next to nothing, then they could, too. Through the process of gathering coupons and timing purchases with sales and other deals, they donated supplies not only to the community drives, but also food to Poverello Food Bank.
Landis says that working in charity and non-profit has been one of the biggest blessings of her life, and she doesn’t do it alone. She came down to Florida in 2005 to be with her now-wife, Shawn Fanshier. They have been together for 13 years and married in 2013. Landis’s wife supports her volunteer efforts, driving store to store to gather toys, supplies and food to give back to the community.
In addition to her job at CenterLink, she’s also a life strategist who helps women (and men in alignment) to “get clear on what they want in their lives” and develops strategies to achieve their goals.
Her message to those who want to follow her footsteps and get involved?
“If your passion is the community, then go and work in the community,” she said. “Never think that you don’t make a difference.”