Volunteer Spotlight: Ali Dachis

 

This week, our Volunteer Spotlight is on Ali Dachis!

 

Why do you volunteer with ASTEP?
Because I believe in the transformative power of the arts. Because it makes me feel good and allows me to have personal connections with the world around me.

How long have you been volunteering with ASTEP?
Almost 7 years!

What programs have you been a part of with ASTEP?
artsINSIDEOUT, ICC, WIN, ASTEP on STAGE!, Ecuador, Artist As Citizen Conference, KCACTF, RYSA/IRC, and Hole in Wall Gang Camp. I think that’s it?

What is your favorite memory from an ASTEP program?
This year (2018) in South Africa for ArtsINSIDEOUT (2018) my 6 year olds had just made flying butterflies in our art class, and I asked them what sound do butterflies make? (Thinking they would be silent) and they made the most beautiful gentle fluttering sounds. It surprised me and brought me such joy. It’s the small things.


Thank you, Ali, for volunteering with us at ASTEP for 7 years! You have been a vital part of so many of our programs, and we cannot do our work without you!

To learn more about ways YOU can get involved with ASTEP, email Sami Manfredi at sami@asteponline.org.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Volunteer Spotlight: Nate Rothermel

 

This week, our Volunteer Spotlight is on Nate Rothermel!

Why do you volunteer with ASTEP?
My impulse to volunteer with ASTEP has a lot to do with the fact that I identify with and champion its mission: to provide opportunity and experiences in the arts to communities and places which are impoverished of such. There is a genuine care and purpose at the core of each ASTEP program, and being a part of that and of service to that is an absolute honor.

How long have you been volunteering with ASTEP?
I have been volunteering with ASTEP for 5 years: I started volunteering with my ASTEP Chapter at Albright College my freshman year, and have continued volunteering to today!

What programs have you been a part of with ASTEP?
I have volunteered with and been the Artistic Director of ASTEP at Albright, taught in ASTEP’s Teach for India program, and am currently the President of ASTEP’s National Chapter Committee.

What is your favorite memory from an ASTEP program?
Each morning at Teach for India my students and I would walk to the classroom we utilized in their village, and along the walk we would share conversations about our days, about the differences and commonalities between India and the United States, and about our lives–hopes, dreams, stories. There’s something special about these walks and conversations, because they illuminate for me how vital it is to foster meaningfully shared experiences, and hopefully bring us one step closer to breaking the cycle of poverty existing in our world. 


Thank you, Nate, for volunteering with us at ASTEP! The initiative you take to do amazing work does not go unnoticed, and we cannot do our work without you!

To learn more about ways YOU can get involved with ASTEP, email Sami Manfredi at sami@asteponline.org.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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