When I graduated from Allegheny College in May, I knew I was ending a chapter and beginning a new journey as a recent college graduate. Whether you’re an old family friend, a mentor, a colleague, a family member, or one of my best friends, I wanted to share my next step with all of you who have supported me throughout my life. While it was difficult leaving the familiar; Allegheny and my home here in Washington, PA, 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 will allow me to live out one of my greatest passions: helping others. Serving in a non-profit organization has been a dream of mine for awhile and especially since getting involved with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and its college fundraising program Up Til Dawn during my time at Allegheny. When I find a cause that I wholeheartedly support, I will share its mission tirelessly with the world. This opportunity and this organization are no different. In addition, with a degree in Communication, this is a career path I truly think I would like to pursue. And to be able to do this all while living in intentional community with other fellows, surrounded by people who feel the same way as I do about the work so many Pittsburgh organizations are doing, is a dream come true.
I am looking forward to getting to know Pittsburgh better during the next year and making lasting connections there. I have lived just a short 30 minute drive from the city my whole life, and yet, I do not feel as though I am aware of all that it has to offer. I am excited to meet new people and learn about a city in which I hope to eventually make roots. My hope for the year is to grow both personally and professionally. I believe that living in intentional community will help me to understand others more deeply and make those interpersonal connections that are so important to each of our journeys. Serving at my assigned non-profit, gaining important career skills, and participating in development workshops and networking events will help me to explore further career options in this field I am so passionate about. Beyond that though, I hope the year will bring me clarity, helping to define my path in life.
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.