Abigail Stutesman-Rinehart has enthusiastically served the Boys & Girls Club of Noblesville for the past 17 years – a place she knows well and holds dear to her heart. As a child, Stutesman-Rinehart grew up as a member of the Club. Her first part-time job as a teenager was working at the Club’s front counter. Following college, she moved back to her hometown and began her professional career with the Boys & Girls Club of Noblesville.
She has served in various roles at the Club throughout her career, but has always had a strong passion and focus on serving the youth, their needs and their development. Through hard work, dedication and a passion for the mission, Stutesman-Rinehart has done amazing work and changed lives for the people served by the Boys & Girls Club of Noblesville.
In 2009, she created the Meals to Members program in partnership with Second Helpings. The program has grown from 35 dinners served one night per week to two with more than 100 meals going out nightly to members in need. Stutesman-Rinehart also started the Stuff Da Bus project in an effort to teach children ages 10-13 leadership, communication, planning, budgeting and the importance of giving back. Together, the group raises money to ‘stuff da bus’ with school supplies for children who would otherwise start the school year without the necessary supplies to be successful.
“I don’t consider myself a hero for the work that I do,” said Stutesman-Rinehart. “I don't see my work as anything special. It’s just what I do because I enjoy doing it.”
Others within the organization disagree. To them, she is a blessing. She is a servant leader whose perspective, creativity and drive are integral to the growth and evolution of the Club. Her strength of character, integrity and work ethic are an example to the members and employees.
“This is exactly where I am supposed to be – doing exactly what I’m supposed to be doing,” she said. “And I absolutely love it! I don’t think that makes me a hero, but I am so honored.”