In January, I went on an 8-day silent retreat with my college, John Carroll University. I was nervous about what to do after graduation, and in the middle of my silent week I felt a calling to serve those in the city that I love so dearly. I found a program in Pittsburgh called PULSE: Pittsburgh Urban Leadership Service Experience.
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 do more for my home city while living in a community of young adults with the same purpose and drive as myself.
I am looking forward to learning more about the city I come from, working with people whose needs are much higher than mine, and living in an intentional community with faith, leadership, and service at the heart of our shared home. My heart has always ached for those in need, whether it be from homelessness, lack of privilege, school funding, or in crisis, and I am excited and eager to spend a year giving all of my love and energy to the people of Pittsburgh.
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.