As a new year with LVC begins, a new set of Volunteers bring new LVC stories, new backgrounds, and new experiences in service, intentional community, and social justice. We’re excited to spotlight our #LVC17 Volunteers!
We’ll start off Twin Cities Volunteer Monica Sieg, who is serving Neighborhood House (in The Wellstone Center) in St. Paul, MN this year as a basic needs specialist. Monica will be working in both the Food Market and the different family centers, and in the last couple of weeks has helped with mass produce distributions, a school supply distribution, doing intake interviews with participants, learning about crisis center days and some personal work on upcoming projects.
Working directly with individuals and families from St. Paul, Neighborhood House is “a multi-service agency, providing wrap-around services for people when they need it most. Neighborhood House helps people with basic needs, education, multiple youth programs, and health and well-being” (More about Neighborhood House). Monica said that she has learned in her first weeks that Neighborhood House offers these services “to help people in a holistic way from being caught in the negative cycle of poverty.”
When asked about what she’s learned from her placement so far, Monica “My placement reaffirms my belief about how important it is to recognize that everyone’s story is beautifully unique and it is important to be mindful and aware of judgments passed on people. There have also been moments of reflection of what privilege is and how that affects different structures we have in this world.”
Photo of Monica ‘in action’ (left) modeling backpacks with coworker (right)
“1,500 backpacks are enough to fill a U-Haul truck!” (blog post here)
Monica is from Mount Horeb, WI and graduated from Wartburg College in May. From Mount Horeb, WI to Waverly, IA to the sweet LVC Wellstone House in Minneapolis, MN, Monica reflected on what “intentional community” might look like this year in her new home. She said, “Community is different for every person and learning how to live using each person’s strengths and ideas has been rewarding to do these past few weeks. I like how we are all willing to try to support one another while also giving a space for individuality. Also, it is important to recognize that community takes work and is typically more successful when given time to develop.”
To support volunteers like Monica and placements like Neighborhood House, donate here: https://lutheranvolunteercorps.nationbuilder.com/2018_volunteer_campaign