Friday, September 2, 2011

On the Road with Matt and Caitlin

Matt Aujero and Caitlin Baummer recently joined the Catholic Volunteer Network team as our new Short-Term Recruiters. They have been hard at work preparing visits to over eighty colleges and universities across the U.S. We hope you will be able to connect with them while they are on the road this fall.

Matt Aujero brings with him a lot of energy gained from his time as a FrancisCorps volunteer in Costa Rica, where he served as a high school English teacher and Service Coordinator. Thankful for his rich volunteer experience, Matt says “I found out more about the person I am and the passions I have through the service I did. [FrancisCorps] gave me a sense of direction in the way I want to live my life.”

This fall, Matt will travel to schools in Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Missouri, California, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, South Carolina, and his home state of North Carolina. Matt is looking forward to spreading the word about service and says, “Now a product of it, I want to reveal to as many people as possible what this type of service can do for people’s lives - shape it for the best, and allow us to become the better versions of the people we’re called to be.”

Recent Catholic Charities Project SERVE volunteer Caitlin Baummer also joins our team as a Short-Term Recruiter. She didn’t have far to travel to get to our office in Washington, D.C. having just completed her year of service in Baltimore. Caitlin served as a Caseworker and Family Literary Coordinator for Sarah’s House, a transitional facility for homeless families. When asked what she gained from her service experience, she said, “It was the opportunity to grow in understanding of my client’s lives and walk with them in a small part of their journey.”

Caitlin is currently preparing her travels to schools in Tennessee, Virginia, Ohio, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Texas, Colorado, and Kentucky. Like Matt, Caitlin is also looking forward to connecting with potential volunteers. She says, “I look forward to the opportunity to continue to live out what I learned by sharing my experiences with interested students and encouraging them to take on similar opportunities to grow.”

You will be able to follow Caitlin and Matt’s adventures around the country by reading their weekly “On the Road” blog updates coming soon. Find out where they are headed by checking out our events calendar.