Because we Can....
BY EMILY FORDHAM
Since arriving to Denver and beginning my journey as a Loretto Volunteer, I have stepped into so many spaces where growth and transformation have been necessary for existence. I feel so grateful to have been provided this opportunity for so many reasons, but especially for the ability to self-discover and learn through connections with those around me. I want to explicitly recognize how the privileges I hold have allowed me to take the time to volunteer for a year, and how by nature those privileges contribute to others’ oppression in the systems we hope to one day be able to change. Myself, and my fellow LoVos, are here because we can be.
Stepping into my first day in intentional community and later my first day at The Women’s Bean Project both had similar feels: I was completely awe-struck. At WBP, I was so amazed by the constant hum of projects being developed, women making delicious food products and coworkers caring for one another like family. I think that the LoVo community we have formed in Denver feels a lot like The Bean now. Both are interconnected communities of folks desiring to learn, grow and be intentionally in care of one another. The women who I am lucky enough to work and live alongside of have taught me so much about the power of difficult conversations, self-sufficiency, bravery, resilience and believing in myself.
This year I have set a broad intention to commit to paying attention to all things around me and to strive to act and advocate more justly- no matter how messy it may be. I feel so empowered and full of motivation to make change in my own life and that which is around me that I can influence. WBP and Loretto have begun to show me all that confidence, acquiring the skills needed to succeed, and having a community of supporters who believe in you can do to anyone’s life. I look forward with hope for the rest of this year to continue to expand my horizons in the tools of advocacy and further develop my skills as a young woman with a belief in a future that can be a better and brighter place.
Emily Fordham (she/her) grew up in Moorestown, NJ but also calls the town of Mashpee, MA her home, as she has spend many summers living, visiting family and working there. Emily graduated in May 2021 from Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia, PA where she studied Psychology primarily, with minors in Autism Behavioral Studies and Philosophy. Emily has many hobbies including singing, going on long walks, playing ukelele, eating ice cream, and reading. Emily intends to explore all that Denver has to offer and looks forward to living in intentional community with fellow Loretto Volunteers and serving at The Women's Bean Project.
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