This month we chat with one of our newest team members, Abigail! Joining us as part of the 2021/2022 Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest/ Americorps program, Abby tells us a little bit about what drew her to Thrive, her past experience, and what she's looking forward to over the next year.
What inspired you to apply for/ take this volunteer opportunity?
I was drawn to Thrive because of its client-directed model of service and commitment to meeting people where they are. I was also excited about the opportunity to live in a new region of the county that is so geographically and demographically different from the Midwest.
Where did you move from/what is your background experience?
I am originally from the Chicago area, and I studied psychology and humanities at Valparaiso University in Indiana. After graduating, I worked for two years in Mexico, first at an indigenous children’s rights organization in Chiapas and later at a migrant aid shelter in Nogales.
What are you most looking forward to?
I’m most excited to staff the walk-in sites and learn more about all of the resources and other social service organizations here in Central Oregon. I’m also looking forward to being on a small team and learning more about nonprofit management.
What are you most excited about being here in Central Oregon? What’s on your “must do list?”
I can’t wait to explore more hiking and camping in the area! I also definitely want to visit Crater Lake and the Painted Hills.
What’s your favorite quote/words to live by?
“To pay attention, this is our endless and proper work.” -- Mary Oliver
If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
Teleportation, so I would never have to wait in airport lines and could travel without feeling guilty about the environmental impact :)