When I graduated from Juniata College 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; Juniata, 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 live with and learn from other recent college graduates and because I wanted to experience the opportunities that come from living in a city while still being close enough to home to maintain my existing relationships in and around Huntingdon and Juniata.
I am looking forward to being able to apply the skills and work ethic I have developed as a student at Juniata to non-profit work with PULSE. My hope for the year is that I will advance myself professionally and personally while having a positive impact on some part of the Pittsburgh community. I know from my time as an AmeriCorps and from other service I have done through my church and Juniata that non-profit work can be challenging, but I also know how rewarding it can be, so I am prepared to approach this new opportunity with PULSE with high energy and a positive attitude.
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!