Dear friends and family,
When I graduated from Stonehill College on May 19th, I knew I was ending a chapter and beginning a new journey as a recent college graduate. While it was difficult leaving the familiar; Stonehill College, friends, and family, I decided to join the PULSE program in Pittsburgh, PA.
PULSE cultivates a community of young servant leaders to transform Pittsburgh. They invite recent, college graduates (like myself) to partner with local nonprofits for a year of service and leadership. I got excited about the PULSE program because I wanted to get to know a new city and other fellows, as well as live with other them. I especially wanted to work in a non-profit organization.
As you know I found my passion for service during my time at Stonehill. Whether that be as a volunteer coordinator learning about food deserts at the Stonehill Farm or as a volunteer or leader on my service immersion trips. On those trips to Lima Peru, Miami Florida, and Bangor Maine I was able to learn about international poverty, human trafficking, and indigenous peoples. Those experiences allowed me to have a desire to continue serving others. I am looking forward to bringing my experiences, story, and skills to a year of service. My hope for the year is to gain professional skills in a nonprofit and become familiar in a new city that I hope to call home.
Part of my first task as a PULSE participant is to assemble a team of people who will support me in this work. I realize that I can’t do this work alone, that I need others to come alongside me and partner with me.
Would you please consider supporting me in this work? I am in the process of raising a minimum of $2500 to cover expenses for this year of service and leadership. Your support will help impact the lives of Pittsburgh’s most vulnerable. Any amount, no matter how small or large will go a long way towards helping me meet this goal! You can give online at www.pulsepittsburgh.org/support. Thank you for your continued investment in my life and in the life of PULSE.
Feel free to contact me through my email firstname.lastname@example.org or through my cell which you can ask for through email or through Facebook messenger.
Brett Smith2019-20 PULSE Fellow