When I graduated from CU Boulder in May, I knew I was ending a chapter and beginning a new journey as a recent college graduate. While it was difficult leaving the familiar; Colorado, 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 it gave me an opportunity to apply what I have learned in my degree programs in a truly impactful way by performing service work. PULSE generously covers expenses for housing, transportation, food, and other basic needs. I cannot wait to get to know my other fellows, my nonprofit partner, and the Pittsburgh community!
My greatest hope for this year is that I learn as much as I give. While I will be putting my best working foot forward 35 hours a week for my partnered organization in Pittsburgh, I know that this is not the only element of PULSE that matters. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to be surrounded by a diverse and talented group of fellows both in our shared housing through the program and through our 5 hour long weekly seminars to reflect on service issues and our experiences. I know I will walk out of this program more compassionate and knowledge than when I walked in.
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!