It’s really meaningful work to me. I get to know such a variety of people and help people understand each other better.
Amy Crump is a high school teacher and leads the Community Service Club at her school. She seeks out ways to engage students through service projects, whether that be running a coffee cart to raise money for area non-profits or putting together Habitat for Humanity builds. Amy credits her parents for instilling the value of volunteerism at an early age.
“As a kid we would volunteer as a family all the time,” said Amy. “I can remember going to shelters to help hand out cloths or serve food. It left an impression on me and I think as life went on, I just sort of stuck with it.”
Outside of school, Amy continues her work with the homeless population supporting people who’ve recently left the shelter by forming a relationship and checking in regularly. Through the organization World Relief, she also meets monthly with refugees in a mentoring capacity to support and assist with the adjustment to life in the United States. She helps them learn English, sign up for classes, and in the end becomes a friend.
“It’s really meaningful work to me,” said Amy. “I get to know such a variety of people and help people understand each other better. I get to hang out with a girl from central Africa and while learning about her culture, I help her learn about ours. It’s great to see and meet with a variety of people and volunteering allows me to do that.”
Amy will be traveling on the cruise with her husband Peyton. In their spare time Amy and Peyton like being with family, hiking and kayaking.