THe River Center

Special skills  at disposal  of nonprofit

She’s passionate, she’s persistent, she’s proactive, and she is a joy to work with. Tina Kriebel’s volunteerism springs from a desire to make this a great community in which to live and raise a family — for all of us. She is involved in many ways in our community, but I want to talk about what she brings to The River Center and why she is such a treasure.

Tina has been a volunteer for The River Center since 2006. She began as a member of the Advisory Board for the former River Center, and then joined the Board of Trustees to help see the organization through the 2010 merger which created The River Center: A Family and Community Resource Center. She has been the board secretary since that time.

For the past 2 ½ years, she has been the primary grant writer for the River Center as a volunteer. She is also an intake volunteer for the free tax program.

Tina has a professional background as an engineer and project manager, skills which she applies to grant writing and her board work. She has the ability to take big projects and tackle them methodically, bit by bit. She often refers to eating the elephant one bite at a time, a vivid picture that helps me take a deep breath, dip into an overwhelming task and begin. She tells me about researching grants in 15 minute increments, between ball games and library meetings.

What is involved in grant writing? The first step involves researching the hundreds of foundations, funds, corporations and government grant opportunities, and narrowing it down to good fits for the River Center. Grant writing involves making a proposal, setting goals and objectives, forming a budget, and explaining why your organization should be given funds through a particular grant. Funding from grants is highly competitive and therefore grants must be well written and carefully crafted. And Tina is very, very good at doing this.

Tina is a wife and mother of two young boys. As a family, they are busy. I appreciate her determination to help make this a better community — to do what she can so that all of us can be better parents, find jobs, mange our money wisely, and connect with the community resources we need.

I am grateful for her smile, her enthusiasm and the encouragement that she offers me personally. On behalf of the staff, the board, our volunteers and all who benefit from the River Center, thank you, Tina Kriebel, for all you do!

Margaret Nelson is the executive director of The River Center: A Family and Community Resource Center in Peterborough. She can be reached by email at

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