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Donna Trimm

Grant Writer
Hometown: Ogdensburg, NY

Pronouns : she / her / hers

Donna has been passionate about advocating for others by putting pen to paper throughout her career. This led her to a career in Social Work, where she focused on writing to serve individual clients combating disease, injustice, and poverty. As a Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Program Officer at Americares, Donna wrote over a dozen mental health trainings for frontline COVID-19 healthcare workers and helped administer a grant program for Federally Qualified Health Centers and Free and Charitable Clinics.

Donna currently volunteers as a grant writer for a small NGO called “Together We Can Guatemala” and a rescue farm called K-Stone Rescue Ranch. She is also a member of the NYC branch of “Shut Up and Write!” and her local Rotary Club. Donna earned an MS in Social Work from Columbia University and a BS in Social Work from the State University of New York College at Buffalo. She has published articles in Grief Digest and First Things.

When she is not writing for causes, Donna enjoys working on her memoir with a hot mocha, architecture walks in Manhattan with her Great Pyrenees (and a hot mocha), and writing in the café at the American Museum of Natural History. She also loves building custom shelves and furniture from used pallets, fueled by, of course, a hot mocha.

What is your hidden talent?

Playing the Wicked Witch of the West! Every Halloween, I convince neighborhood children that she LIVES at my house.

What punctuation mark would you be and why?

The exclamation point! Although I’m careful about overuse and context appropriateness, I believe it communicates energy, warmth, wholeheartedness, and a lightness we all need.

What is your grammatical pet peeve?

The slash. I will remove most of them and replace them with the words "and,” "or," or “per.” I will leave the slash when it is used in between the words "and" and "or."

What is your favorite way to spend a Sunday afternoon?

Working on my memoir with a Russian Coffee at The Hungarian Pastry Shop on the Upper West Side.

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