• August 23, 2019

Meet the Fellows: Emily

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Meet the Fellows: Emily

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Emily is a recent graduate of the University of Chicago where she received her degree in Political Science with a minor in Human Rights. From a very young age, she has been inspired to give her time and to help others. She is so happy to be part of the Own the Room Foundation and to be working towards building a better and more empathetic world.  When she isn’t working, she enjoys writing stories and spending time with her three dogs. We hope you love her story!

Question 1: What inspires you to give back to society?

I’ve been surrounded my whole life by so many kind and generous people and that spirit is often contagious. Being in that environment has instilled a desire in me to always give back and help others. I’m a lifelong learner and as I go through life and learn about the world’s complexities and issues, I feel a desire to do my best to help in whatever way I can. 

Question 2: What are your favorite ways to be charitable?

I enjoy being charitable through little acts of kindness. I think you should always stop at a kid’s lemonade stand, help someone carry their groceries, hold the door for the person after you, etc. There are so many little ways we can be good to one another each day that require very little effort on our part but can mean the world for someone else. These little acts of kindness really add up and remind me to be gentle and kind to the people around me. You never know what someone else is going through. We owe it to one another to be as kind and helpful as we can whenever possible. 

I have also enjoyed donating my time to causes I care about. In college, my sorority’s philanthropy revolved around childhood illiteracy. To help locally, we ran an after school tutoring program at a local elementary school where we helped kids develop their reading comprehension skills and also fostered a deep love of reading. In 2018, as part of our national day of service, we partnered with local alums and other chapters and helped donate 20,000 new books to education organizations in the Chicago area. It was so meaningful to be able to witness and help firsthand. I felt that I was actually getting involved and doing something tangible to help others. 

Question 3: How has giving back affected you?

I’ve learned so much from others. Through giving back and working with others, I’ve learned so much about the underlying structural problems that so many people face. I’m determined to take what knowledge and skills I have and use them to help combat the issues facing people today. The more I learn, the more I want to help others. The more time I spend giving back, the more I want to keep giving back. 

Emily embodies the spirit of Charity Birthday. If you have an awesome story that you’d like to share, fill out our contact form! We’d love to hear from you and highlight your act of kindness.