November Volunteer of the Month: Callie Crabb & Westminster Schools
Long before New American Pathways was formed, The Westminster Schools had a close relationship with both Refugee Family Services (RFS) and Refugee Resettlement and Immigration Services of Atlanta (RRISA). School leaders see the value of teaching their students about the greater Atlanta community, the value of diversity, instilling empathy, and thinking globally.
Callie Crabb is the Program Manager for the Glenn Institute for Philanthropy and Service Learning at Westminster. Callie and her students recently partnered with New American Pathways to hold a hygiene kit drive for newly arrived refugees. The students purchased and packed canvas bags with basic hygiene products and handmade cards with encouraging words for new arrivals. So far the students have packed 60 bags!
Callie teaches a “Philanthropy 101” class at Westminster that teaches students how to identify what characterizes a well-managed non-profit and what non-profits are out there. Because Callie has a background in Art History, she also teaches “Painting with a Purpose” where students create three pieces of art based on an issue (for example, human rights) that they are passionate about. Her goal as a teacher is to instill awareness of diverse communities right here in Atlanta, and encourage her students to participate in them.
In addition to teaching, Callie loves to hike and be in the outdoors with her Australian Shepard puppy and do yoga. In the evenings, you might see her at the theater or at a new art gallery as she is deeply invested in the fine arts community.
We appreciate Callie for her long-standing support of the refugee community in Atlanta through education and engagement. And, thank you, Westminster students, for getting involved and giving back!