Tom Rasp is our new Bookkeeper. Kat interviewed him for our blog so that we can all get to know him better!
Hi, my name is Tom Rasp. I have been married to Elaine for 38 years. We have three kids and five grandkids.
Where are you from?
I’m from Cincinnati and have never lived beyond the west side of Cincinnati.
What do you do in your free time?
My neighbors would say that I cut the grass a lot. We have about a 1/2 acre and the grass grows so fast, that I have to cut it more than once a week to keep on top of it. I like to walk and read.
Do you have any hobbies?
No major hobbies for me. My time while the kids were growing was spent volunteering in the organizations where they were participating. I wanted to do this to help make sure they could do those things. As a result I was involved in cub scouts, boy scouts, on the board of parent music boosters, and helped with musicals. That kept me busy until they got out of high school. After that, work began to take more of my time.
What made you want to work at Our Daily Bread?
I retired in September 2019 from Anthem where I had worked for 32 years. I really enjoyed the volunteer work I did while the kids were growing up and with little or no real hobbies, I decided that I wanted to do some volunteer work with several organizations. A few months before retirement, My wife and I were at a choral concert that our son was in and Georgine Getty was there from Our Daily Bread since the concert was also a fundraiser for Our Daily Bread. We were early as was Georgine and we introduced ourselves and began talking about why we were all there. In that conversation I learned about Our Daily Bread and what was done there and felt like that was one of the organizations I wanted to volunteer with. I started two days after I retired. In late June of this year I was approached by Georgine about the bookkeeper vacancy they had and was asked if I was interested. My first reaction was that I was not looking for a job, but after talking with Georgine and others, I decided that I would take the job and help Our Daily Bread out in a different way than volunteering.
What is your hope for Our Daily Bread and your role in it for the future?
That it continues to thrive and support those that are in need. I hope that someday soon we will be able to once again welcome people inside to sit and enjoy their meals and the conversations and friendships that have been put on hold. For me, at some point in the future, I will retire from the bookkeeper role and will go back to being a volunteer.