Meet a Volunteer: Catherine Roberts
Catherine is a Loretto Volunteer serving as associate producer at Interfaith Voices, a weekly public radio show. Originally from Tulsa, OK, she is a 2012 graduate of the University of Tulsa.
What have you been doing at your placement?
Booking guests, researching stories, editing interviews, adding production value, and doing other odd tasks to make an awesome weekly public radio show about religion.
What is one thing you love about community living?
Learning about my community members. They have great stories, intriguing interests, and valuable insights to share.
What has been one surprise, challenge or learning this year?
An interesting challenge has been figuring out how to make the most of living in D.C. on a small budget - the city has so much to offer. How do I as a volunteer create a meaningful experience here that also adheres to the principles of simple living? (One good way: riding a bicycle!)
What do you value about your relationship with the Loretto Community?
It is the first place where I have ever felt that my progressive and feminist values and my Catholic faith can coexist - and not only coexist, but thrive together.
What advice do you have for someone considering doing a year of service?
Look for a placement that matches with what you want to do. Who knew radio producer would be a service position? Chances are, whatever you’re looking for, it’s out there.
The Loretto Volunteer Program pairs young adults with social justice organizations for a formative year of service. Through meaningful work and communal living, volunteers live out the Loretto Community's mission to work for justice and act for peace - guided by the core values of social justice, community, simplicity and spirituality. Winner of the 2013 Call To Action Leadership Award, the Loretto Volunteer Program proudly prepares young adults to begin lives of public service.
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