"I want to orient my professional life towards those on the margins, and volunteering for a year with AmeriCorps offers the chance to test and refine that commitment."
Nationalities Service Center
Why did you join NHC?
I want to orient my professional life towards those on the margins, and volunteering for a year with AmeriCorps offers the chance to test and refine that commitment. I was particularly impressed by NHC's commitment to their volunteers, and the steps the organization take to empower their members to be the best servants possible, and was eager to apply so that I could channel that support to the people I'll serve at the Nationalities Service Center.
What are your plans after AmeriCorps service?
I'll cross that bridge when I get to it (Though in all seriousness I hope to pursue graduate studies in Social Work and Public Health (eventually))
Tell us about an employment, service, or research experience that was important to you.
For the past year and a half I've volunteered with King County's 24-hour crisis hotline as a phone worker. In that capacity I've helped callers work through wide-ranging crises, including suicidal ideation, child abuse, chronic mental illness, navigation of social service, grief and loss: the list goes on. That experience has put me on the front lines of community mental health and has refined and sharpened my desire to work in community mental health.
What first sparked your interest in community service?
My first memories of community service are from volunteering with my local Rotary Club.
What about Philadelphia excites you the most?
Reading Terminal Market, because it's the closest thing I've found to Pike Place Market back home in Seattle
What’s your favorite food?
Eggs benedict, why would I settle for anything less?!