I grew up in a large Catholic family and attended Catholic schools from kindergarten through graduate school. I attended a Jesuit high school and university and have been deeply inspired by Jesuit teachings and the works and writings of Mother Teresa.
During my Jesuit schooling, I became passionate about social justice, serving the poor, and volunteering. Sometimes I felt like my heart was on fire to make a difference and help the poor. My university was in a city where I passed homeless people on the street every day and could see homeless people sleeping on benches from my dorm window. I often gazed out my window at night, recognizing how blessed I had been, and wondered what I could do to make a difference. The contrast of my life with the city's homeless fueled my passion to make a difference and work for justice. I started volunteering several days a week in local programs to help the poor in my city. I have participated in several domestic and a few international volunteer trips, and I continue to volunteer regularly at a local shelter. My passion to make a difference is a huge part of who I am, and I want to work for a better world both domestically and abroad.
When I learned about fair trade, I was excited about how easy it was to make a positive difference in workers' lives around the world. Choosing fair trade allows me to improve the lives of workers by ensuring they receive a just wage in safe working conditions, and these fair wages may allow them to feed and educate their children. In this global economy, my consumer choices affect others, and I want my consumer choices to support a better and more just world. Sometimes I feel overwhelmed by all that is happening in the world and how I can possibly help, but I know that choosing fair trade can make a difference.
I believe strongly in supporting fair trade and will be donating $150 to this Chicago Fair Trade Flash Fundraiser. Please join me today to help me reach my goal of $800! Even $10 can make a difference. Thank you so much for your support!