Jenn Remmes has been appointed Director of Development at IN-SIGHT, a Rhode Island nonprofit that inspires confidence and builds skills that help people who are visually impaired and blind to thrive and succeed. The organization annually serves more than 1,000 Rhode Islanders through a wide array of programs, including low vision evaluations, daily living and assistive technology skills training, small group skills-building workshops, community-based support groups, peer learning, and a summer camp for visually impaired and blind youth.
Jenn joins IN-SIGHT in the newly created Director of Development position to strengthen the agency’s relationships with donors and community partners while also increasing awareness of its services. The organization, which was founded as the Rhode Island Association for the Blind, will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2025.
“I look forward to working with our amazing donors and partners to make a positive difference in the lives of people who are visually impaired and blind,” Jenn recently stated.
In 2008 Jenn joined the United Way of Rhode Island as a temporary Ambassador. She worked her way through various positions in the Resource Development department, most recently in the Director of Resource Operations role. Jenn was instrumental in helping to build 401Gives, the Rhode Island statewide day of giving, which has brought in over $10M in the last four years to over 500 nonprofits in Rhode Island.
IN-SIGHT’s Executive Director Christopher Butler said, “We are excited to have Jenn join the team. As we look towards our 100th anniversary, we are excited to develop deeper relationships with existing and new donors and to partner with them to expand our services, help more people, and educate the community about vision loss.”
In her new role, Jenn will manage the agency’s annual giving programs, develop special events, and educate donors about the benefits of charitable planned giving. She will also help communicate IN-SIGHT’s work and celebrate the achievements of its clients through social media, community events, and partnerships with local agencies and businesses.
Before working for United Way of Rhode Island, Jenn and her brother owned a weekly newspaper in Norton, MA, called the Hometown News. Jenn is a graduate of Bryant University with a concentration in marketing.
Jenn lives in Cumberland, RI. She enjoys visiting her daughter in New Mexico and hanging out with friends and family in her spare time. She likes many things, including game nights (especially trivia), yard sales, bad puns, New England Patriots, traveling, theatre, and appreciating life.
For more information about IN-SIGHT, visit our website at www.in-sight.org or via social media @insightri.