During my time working with Coro Pittsburgh, my main task was to scour through the GuideStar nonprofit database for organizations that seemed like promising partners for Coro’s Public Allies and Coro Fellows programs. I investigated the official websites and social media pages of each organization to gain a better understanding of what they aimed to accomplish, what audience they were targeting, and other notable aspects of their operation that could affect their partnership eligibility. At designated checkpoints throughout the application process, I contacted Public Allies candidates to ensure that they were meeting the application deadlines and weren’t having issues with completing the required tasks. I also performed other small or simple tasks when they were asked of me.

I noticed somewhat of trend for nonprofits based in Pittsburgh: most either aimed to help those less fortunate, foster the youth into self-sufficient and morally adept adults, or provide some form of environmental relief/preservation to the community. More importantly though, I realized that there were hundred of organizations that I didn’t know existed within the city, meaning there are ample opportunities to get involved in the community. Working with Coro has given me a greater idea of how to find nonprofits in larger cities and figure out how to get in contact with organizations addressing causes I am interested in pursuing. No matter where I go from here, I now have the tools to involve myself in my community to help create the positive changes I would like to see.

Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, I attended the school district that is currently ranked as the second most ethnically diverse district in the state, and is #1 among public schools. While traversing the elementary, middle, and high school landscapes, I became increasingly aware of the stark differences in the living conditions between some of my classmates and friends. Coming from relatively modest means but living with a parent who had received a master’s degree, I was fortunate to be put on a path where I was conditioned to value my educational resources and make the most of the opportunities and assistance I was given in the classroom.

This also made me realize that I had been given an advantage over many of my peers, in that I had someone to get the idea of attending college in my head early in life and provided me with a goal for which to strive. Even before that realization, I have wanted to be able to assist in giving others the opportunity to achieve that goal or whatever goals that they have for themselves following their academic careers. Coro has exposed me to life working at a nonprofit, which is an invaluable asset to my future goals.

After switching from the Business Administration major to a Business minor , I have spent the last 3 semesters of my college career studying Ethics, History, and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University. I have long been interested in delving into the non-profit realm and Coro offered an opportunity to gain non-profit experience as well as exposure to the vast spectrum of industries and causes with which Pittsburgh non-profit companies associate themselves. I volunteered at various events during these years, such as 1000+ Day of Service, Tartan Field Day (hosted by the Carnegie Mellon Athletics Department), and other service project opportunities in the Squirrel Hill area.

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