Volunteer of the Month: Liz Truscott
Liz Truscott, a native of Connecticut and a graduate of University of Vermont, came to Atlanta in hopes of breaking into non-profit development. When we asked her what drew her to New American Pathways (New AP), she reflected back on her studies in college as a Social Work major:
“My first experience in working with refugees came when I was assigned to an ESL classroom during my junior year of college as part of my social work curriculum. In this role, I had the privilege of meeting some of the most brilliant, generous and hard-working children I had ever met. From there, I continued to work with the new American population in various volunteer capacities, including working with Refuge Coffee, and soon decided that this was the group of individuals I wanted to support in a professional capacity.”
Interning with New AP allows for more than professional opportunities. When we asked Liz about her favorite memories interning with us, she talked about the New Americans Celebration day at the Georgia Capitol, volunteering with our afterschool program and working with so many others who are also passionate for cultural inclusivity.
Liz reflected on when the first Executive Order (travel ban) came out and how she was “blown away by the generous donations and words of encouragement we received in the face of adversity.” She said that learning how complicated and difficult the vetting process is for refugees took her by surprise.
Because New AP encourages interns to get involved in multiple programs during their internship period with us, Liz was able to learn about many aspects of non-profit management – from fundraising and development to direct program services. Liz graduated our program this spring and accepted a long-term development position with CARE International, headquartered here in Atlanta!
Lastly, we asked Liz for advice for someone interested in interning with us. Her response?
“DO IT!!! Whether you are interested in volunteering or interning, your voice and skills are needed. The Atlanta refugee community needs support now, more than ever. In a time of uncertainty, it is important that we come together to show new Americans that they are welcome and wanted contributing members of our community. Additionally, New AP is an excellent place to get involved because the Pathway model they use is unique in its holistic approach that ends with individuals reaching self-sufficiency. Not to mention, you’ll meet some inspiring people and have fun while supporting a great cause!”
New AP is currently hosting the largest group of interns in our history – over 20 in total for this summer! We’re so proud of what Liz accomplished with us and can’t wait to hear more success stories from her and all of our interns.
If you’re interested in interning with us this fall, please send your cover letter and resume to Mary Cash at firstname.lastname@example.org.