Tabita Torres Rodriguez was born in Arecibo, Puerto Rico. Traveling to Rochester many times since she was 2 years old, Tabita put down roots in our community in 1998.
Currently, Ms. Torres is a Relationship Manager, responsible for fundraising more than 750,000+, manages the Circulo Latino (CL) leadership giving society and coordinates the Latino Leadership Development Program (LLDP) at the United Way of Greater Rochester. Ms. Torres works closely with many community leaders and volunteers to make campaign initiatives, CL and LLDP successful. Tabita is a 2007 LLDP Class alum.
Previously, Ms. Torres worked for Time Warner Cable/YNN, Coordinated Care Services Inc., and the YMCA of Greater Rochester.
Ms. Torres is described as a committed, kind and an inspiring example to other young women. Her community involvement is extensive and varied. Ms. Torres is an active board member for several organizations, including the Monroe County Youth Advisory Board, St. John Fisher College Alumni Board of Management, and The Advocacy Center’s Board of Management. Ms. Torres has volunteered with women, children, and youth at various area shelters and also facilitates workshops with the Puerto Rican Festival Cultural Pageant participants for the last three years.
Ms. Torres also volunteered on Jazz 90.1 FM, hosted and produced “The Tropical Side of Jazz” and co-hosted for the “Latin Essence” with host Javier Rivera. Ms. Torres was also president of Latino Student Union and member of Black Student Union and Fisher Pride. During junior year at SJFC she received her second recognition from R.A.V.A. for her second documentary, which featured the Puerto Rican Youth Development, Inc. Ms. Torres graduated from St. John Fisher College with a B.A. Communication/Journalism and a B.A. in Spanish.
Ms. Torres is also an alumna of School Without Walls (SWW) High School, Rochester City School District. During her senior year Ms. Torres was recognized by R.A.V.A. for writing, producing, and editing her first documentary. During high school, Ms. Torres also volunteered with the Monroe County Diocesan Youth Committee, served on the Board of Management for the Southwest Family YMCA, and attended ‘Natural Helpers.’
Ms. Torres was positively impacted by many local programs like the YMCA Minority Achievers Program, YMCA Youth & Government, St. Augustine’s Youth Group, Math, Engineering and Science for Hispanics (MESH), the American Red Cross’ Hispanic Youth Leadership Development program (HYLDP) and Mary Cariola Children’s Center.
Tabita has a passion for making her community a better place to live for everyone and believes “education is life changing.”
Ms. Torres lives in Rochester, N.Y. and is proud to be Emmanuel’s mother, enjoys spending time with him and is looking forward to many more adventures too.
United Way of Greater Rochester
75 College Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607
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