Dearest Friends and Family,
When I graduated from Washington & Jefferson College last May, I knew I was ending a chapter and beginning a new journey as a recent college graduate. While it was difficult leaving W&J, all my friends, trusted advisors, and adopted home just 30 minutes south of Pittsburgh, I decided to return to the ‘Burgh and join the PULSE Programme.
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 programme as it enables young people to connect with the people [of Pittsburgh] in a way which some of us could not or did not allow ourselves to do while in college. Another thing that attracted me to PULSE because it will give me invaluable knowledge I otherwise would not have the opportunity to gain about the world of nonprofits, community development, and, I hope, myself.
I am looking forward to actually learning about the city I will be living in, its rich history, and getting back to my roots. One reason that I decided to go to W&J was to learn more about the place where my grandmother grew up (Homestead, PA just outside of Pittsburgh), yet I always told myself there would be time to do that later. Well, my time is up and I never did it for reason X, Y, and Z, but now I have a second chance and I am NOT giving it up. I am also super excited to be living with the other fellows and creating meaningful relationships that will (hopefully!!) last for years to come. My hope for the year is to grow as a person and change for the better (easier said than done). I also am hoping to help the city itself grow one person at a time. If I can use this year to make one person’s life even a fraction of a percent better, then this is all worth it for me. The nonprofit partners that were chosen this year are the way that I will be able to serve the community and I truly cannot wait to work for one (let’s hope I get my top choice!) 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! If you are not able to do this, you can always support me in other ways such as reading my biweekly blog I will be starting soon, or just taking time out of your day to call or text me
William Wesley Preston