Thursday, July 20, 2017

Shamie's Story of Service

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This summer, we launched our Summer of Service - an initiative to increase volunteerism with 70 unique volunteer opportunities. Throughout the Summer of Service, we're getting to know the 7,400 volunteers who share their time and talent with us each year through Stories of Service. Our first story comes from Shamie, a first time volunteer with Catholic Charities. She'll be volunteering with our St. Jude's Project which connects those with Huntington's Disease to social workers and a network of care. We sat down with Shamie during her volunteer orientation: 

Where are you from?

Annapolis, MD

What do you do?

I’m currently a proposal writer, but will be returning to graduate school this fall to study social work.

What interested you in volunteering with Catholic Charities?

I will be attending the University of Maryland to obtain a Masters in Social Work and wanted to get some clinical experience to support my academic training. A friend of mine told me about the wonderful work Catholic Charities does in the community and the broad range of services they offer - from health care programs to immigrant and refugee services - so it was a natural fit for me as I explore different fields within the profession.

What do you hope to gain from volunteering with Catholic Charities?

I’m looking forward to gaining real world experience working directly with clients. I want to become a social worker to help underservied communities, and this is a great opportunity to build my skills and to learn about the types of challenges these communities are facing.

Tell me a fun fact about yourself?

I speak three languages!

We're always looking for new volunteers like Shamie - find a volunteer opportunity near you