The folks in 3CE caught up with Carolyn Worthge, over winter break to hear more about her experience working with the ONE Campaign as a Faiths Act Fellow with the Tony Blair Faith Foundation. Carolyn, originally from San Mateo, California, graduated from Lewis & Clark in May 2011 with a degree in Sociology/Anthropology and a minor in Music.
3CE: Tell us a little bit about your experience as a Faiths Act Fellow with the Tony Blair Faith Foundation.
Carolyn Worthge: The Faiths Act Fellowship brings together 34 people from different faith backgrounds to work in interfaith pairs at non-profit organizations in the US, Canada, the UK, India, and Sierra Leone. Our goal is to show that despite what the media might tell us, faith can be a force for good in the world. There is a common call to service in each of the world’s major religions, and our goal is to bring people together across faith lines to take action on the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. We focus primarily on global health and malaria, and create opportunities for people to take action both locally and globally by inviting people to join ONE and raise their voice to fight extreme poverty, volunteer with us through monthly interfaith service projects in DC, and donate money to save lives and fight malaria in Sierra Leone……
LC students looking stylish in their hairnets!
On one of the most beautiful days that Portland has seen during our rainy winter, sixty-six Lewis & Clark students loaded onto a bus and headed out to volunteer at the Oregon Food Bank. We gathered in front of Templeton this past Saturday, February 4th. I had everyone sign in and then we packed onto a school bus. I was the last one on. Our bodies had grown just a bit since those elementary and middle school days when three of us could fit on one bus seat. I hadn’t realized what sixty-six grown adults looked like crowded onto a school bus.
There were friends sitting on laps of others, people squeezed into the aisles. I was astonished that so many people had showed up on a day when the sun’s glorious rays called our names. After the bus ride, we stepped off the bus and into the halls of one of the biggest non-profit organizations in the state of Oregon. In the last year, volunteers contributed 93,000 hours to the Oregon Food Bank, which is the equivalent of 45 full-time employees. Volunteers are essential to the functioning of any non-profit, as it saves them time, resources, and promotes community involvement.
Excitement over packing 100 bags in record time!
We spent two hours packaging rice into plastic bags that included bilingual instructions on how to cook the rice. These bags would then go into emergency food boxes for families or individuals in need. Overall, we packed an incredible amount of rice, and I had an excellent time meeting new people. I witnessed two teams who were working side-by-side competing for how fast they could fill 100 bags. I don’t know who won, but the excitement and enthusiasm was contagious.
Thanks to everyone who came out this past Saturday for making it such a successful day! Look out for the next Saturday in Service. We are going to Zenger Farm on March 10th from 1:00 to 3:30. I look forward to another day of new connections and engagement off campus!