Portland Advisory Board


Student and Nonprofit Relations Committee

Hannah Cherry

Secretary

Melissa Ray

Chair

Keely Li

Member

Amanda Brockman

Member

Rebecca Hargis

Member


Community Partnerships Committee

Dave Eshbaugh

Member

Katie Shriver

Secretary

Libby Swett

Member


Student Incentives Committee

Jacob Engstrom

Member

Rain Zhou

Member

Shelby Hemphill

Chair


Strategic Direction Committee

Angela Bergmann

Secretary

Stefan Peierls

Chair

Grant Writing Intern

 


Alan Hype ManAlan comes to us from Portland where he will be an incoming Senior at Franklin High School! Alan had been involved with Passion Impact for one year and is looking to become more involved this summer by acting as one of the Grant Researcher and Writer Interns! Alan hopes to study Finance or Biotechnology in college.
This summer he hopes to pinpoint funding opportunities and develop proposals along with an annual funding plan that are a good fit for Passion Impact programs. He hopes to find sustainable source of revenue for PI to secure future development. Learn a little bit more about Alan below!

Alan Liu
Grant Writing Intern
Alanliu@passionimpact.org


Organizations He is Passionate About: Passion Impact, American Red Cross, Children’s Book Bank

Why do you enjoy working with those organizations? With Children’s Book Bank it is very touching to see results from volunteering. You have the possibility to see who you are serving and get a sense of accomplishment afterwards.

How has working with PI impacted you? PI helped me become a somewhat positive person.

What is the most challenging part about volunteering? Long-term commitment.

If you could give a word of advice to people who wish to start getting involved with Passion Impact what would it be? Dedication.

 

In his free time Alan enjoys getting outside! He likes to fish, go shooting, play basketball, and go hiking. Alan also likes to travel. He loves to read and enjoys learning about science. We are excited to have Alan with us this summer!

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Grant Writing Intern

 

shelbyShelby is a recent graduate from Portland State University where she studied Sociology, English, and Writing. In the future she hopes to be involved in the community and work towards community progress and inclusion. Shelby will be using her love for writing to act as one of the Grant Researcher and Writer Interns at PI! She will  help seek out grant opportunities for the organization,  then create proposals to send to foundations to secure funding for PI programs.

Shelby Hemphill
Grant Writing Intern
Shelby@passionimpact.org

 


High School/University/Hometown: Portland State University

What are you studying? Sociology, English, and Writing

What are your future career goals? Writing, in any capacity. Being involved in my community and working towards progress and inclusion.

What inspires you to volunteer? Helping people, because we are all a part of a community that is interconnected in infinite ways.

Why did you join Passion Impact? I believe in what we do here at Passion Impact. Volunteering and being involved in our community is important

What is the most challenging part of volunteering? Making time to do it. I’m very busy and it’s difficult to schedule time to get involved, but it’s always worth it to make it happen.

Shelby loves cooking and reading in her time off. One of her favorite things is going to live music shows and concerts! Shelby also works as a barista at Starbucks. A fun fact about herself is that she is nearly fluent in Sign Language! We are incredibly excited to have Shelby with us this summer!

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Volunteer Events Coordinator Intern

 

keelyKeely is a recent graduate from Franklin High School, where she was involved with PI. Keely will start school in the fall at the University of Oregon where she hopes to study Human Physiology and Business with the hopes of becoming an Emergency Room Technician. In the meantime this summer, she will creating meaningful events for Passion Impact students and community members to enjoy one another and benefit the community! We asked her a few questions about herself to share with you!

Keely Li
Volunteer Events Coordinator
Keely@passionimpact.org

 


What inspires you to volunteer? Knowing that taking a little time out of my day to volunteer can make a positive impact in the community.

Why did you join Passion Impact/What influence has it had on you? I joined Passion Impact because I believe that many students can’t find the resources they need to find volunteering opportunities that they are passionate about. With Passion Impact and their volunteer fairs students can find what they’re passionate about through volunteering.

What do you hope to accomplish in your internship? I hope to get more students to volunteer and to make a difference in the community.

If you could give a word of advice to people who wish to get involved with Passion Impact what would it be? To volunteer for something you wouldn’t normally do because that might become something will inspire you to choose a different career path that you enjoy more.

 

When she’s not working she enjoys hiking, reading, shopping, and watching Netfilx. Keely also just started working at Starbucks as a barista, where her love for coffee will be fueled!

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Donor Communication Intern

 

Hannah CarrHannah comes to Passion Impact from West Linn! She graduated from West Linn High School in 2013 and is about to start her senior year at Marist College in New York. Hannah is studying Political Science with minors in Environmental Policy and Economics. In the future she hopes to live in D.C. or London, working in the public sector through a NGO, political group, or the government. She will be filling the role of Donor Communications and Enhancement this summer. Hannah has been busy updating the donor software and increasing communication to let the community know what PI has been up to! We asked Hannah some questions to get to know her better!

Hannah Carr
Donor Communication and Enhancement Intern
Hannah@passionimpact.org


Organizations and Issues She is Passionate About: Democratic Party of Oregon, campus sustainability groups, giving back to others in less fortunate communities, different walks to raise money like for AHA.

What is your favorite memory from volunteering? Meeting other individuals, and learning about other communities, and different cultures. We all may think we come from a somewhat similar background in the U.S. but volunteering reminds me how important it is to step outside of my comfort zone.

What inspires you to volunteer? Giving back to others, knowing that you are having a positive impact in a selfless manner.

Why did you join Passion Impact? To learn about the inner workings of a nonprofit as an educational experience, but also to get more involved in the PDX community, and volunteering in other areas than the political and environmental world.

 

Hannah enjoys hiking, running, traveling, and exploring new cities in her time off. She spent the past school year studying abroad in both London and Florence.  Hannah also loves UK politics and spends her time catching up on current global events. She considers herself both a city girl and an earthy Oregonian. We are so excited to have Hannah with us this summer!

Hannah’s Passion Radar

Hannah's Passion Radar

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Volunteer Researcher Intern

 

libbyLibby comes to us from the Beaverton area and is an alumni of Beaverton High School.  She currently attends school in the Greater Philadelphia Area at Villanova University where she is studying Communication and Public Administration. This summer she is filling the role of Volunteer Researcher for Passion Impact. She will be working to expand PI by building a program that creates a unique way for students to reflect on their volunteer experiences.  We asked her a few questions about herself to share with you!

Libby Swett
Volunteer Researcher Intern
Libby@passionimpact.org

 


What organizations have you volunteered for? In middle school and high school I helped coach a competitive cheer team for individuals with disabilities. The organization, called Team Shine, was a great experience for me because I had a passion for cheer and enjoyed working with people. This experience sparked my interest in working with individuals with disabilities. This interest carried into college where I volunteer  with Special Olympics. Every year Villanova hosts the largest student run Special Olympics, which draws together the whole school and community. There are a ton of opportunities to get involved and the weekend is alway a blast! In addition I work with a program on campus called Villanova Buddies that partners with individuals with disabilities in the area. We host events that help build community and friendship! Finally, I participated in a service break trip at Villanova through the Office of Campus Ministry.  These groups meet for a few weeks leading up to fall or spring break, culminating in a one week experience off campus either nationally or internationally. In the Fall of ‘15 I went on a trip to Hickory, NC to participate in a Habitat for Humanity build!

What inspires you to volunteer? My passion for volunteering comes from the value I place on community. I thrive off energy from others, so coming together with fellow volunteers and going out into the community really makes me feel alive. I tend to gravitate towards volunteer opportunities that either work directly with people or with creating something. Participating in Habitat for Humanity was a great experience because I got to learn basic construction skills and could instantly see the impact I was making. In the week that I was there my group was able to complete flooring, build and raise all of the internal and external walls all in 5 days. The HFH program requires sweat equity hours for the families who move into the houses. This meant that we got to directly interact on the work site with the future homeowners! We also got to meet a lot of community members from local organizations, churches, and families who are involved with HFH.

Why did you join Passion Impact? I joined Passion Impact because I was looking for an opportunity for the summer to gain professional experience in an area that aligned with my personal interests. One of my favorite parts about attending Villanova University is the focus on service and philanthropy. I wanted to merge this passion with my studies in order to create a service learning opportunity that would provide me with a productive way to spend my summer!

Libby loves going new places and being outdoors. Going to school on the East Coast has allowed her to travel domestically quite a bit and provided awesome opportunities to try new things. It has quite literally fed her obsession with trying new food and cooking. She’s a huge fan of Buzzfeed and Thrillist. Libby also lives and breathes Villanova Basketball; March Madness is her favorite time of year!

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What are you passionate about?

Outdoors; connecting people to the natural world; fundraising

On which committee do you reside?

Community Partnerships

How has volunteered effected your life?

Gateway to jobs; familiarize with new communities (after moves); source of lifelong friendships

Why do you believe in Passion Impact?

Yes. Charismatic leader with a strong vision. Need for opportunities for students that are longer than episodic.

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What are you passionate about? 

People and cultures of the world

On which committee do you reside?

Strategic Direction

How has volunteered effected your life?

It has made me a better person and a better world citizen

Why do you believe in Passion Impact?

PI really helps connect people with their passions and we are lacking that idea!

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What are you passionate about? 

I’m passionate about finding ways to help people live more compassionate and conscientious lives.

On which committee do you reside?

Student and Nonprofit Relations

How has volunteered effected your life?

Volunteering helped me find a new job, and a career that I love!

Why do you believe in Passion Impact?

Yes, because the energy and drive of the people involved is infectious. Whatever direction PI ends up going in, it will be great because the people involved are quality and attract other quality people.

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What are you passionate about? 

Narrowing the disparity gap between people.

On which committee do you reside?

Strategic Direction

 

How has volunteered effected your life?

Made me more empathetic and thoughtful about what’s going on in the world and around me.

Why do you believe in Passion Impact?

Yes. I think the US would benefit from a greater culture of volunteering/community-mindedness and hopefully that trickles over to the impact the US has on the rest of the world.

 

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What are you passionate about? 

Things contribute positive impact in the world.

On which committee do you reside?

Student Incentives

How has volunteered effected your life?

Volunteering has made me differ from my peers.

Why do you believe in Passion Impact?

Yes, I do believe in Passion Impact because I believe volunteering could build a better world, and we’re the people making it happening.

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What are you passionate about? 

Reinvigorating a culture of civic volunteering and community connectedness

On which committee do you reside?

Student Incentives

How has volunteered effected your life?

I feel my life is completed by my volunteer service. Without it, I would not have the sense of accomplishment and service I value.

Why do you believe in Passion Impact?

Passion Impact is incredibly important. Helping young people discover not only the value of service, but what issues resonate strongly with them is an investment in their future and the future of our country.

 

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What are you passionate about? 

Service-Learning/Community-Based Learning

On which committee do you reside?

Student and Nonprofit Relations

How has volunteered effected your life?

Volunteering led me to finding my passion for building bridges between the community and Higher Education.

Why do you believe in Passion Impact?

I believe in Passion Impact because I can stand behind the organization’s mission and I share it’s strong core values!

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What are you passionate about? 

Reinvigorating a culture of civic volunteering and community connectedness

On which committee do you reside?

Student Incentives

How has volunteered effected your life?

I feel my life is completed by my volunteer service. Without it, I would not have the sense of accomplishment and service I value.

Why do you believe in Passion Impact?

Passion Impact is incredibly important. Helping young people discover not only the value of service, but what issues resonate strongly with them is an investment in their future and the future of our country.

 

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What are you passionate about? 

I’m passionate about finding ways to help people live more compassionate and conscientious lives.

On which committee do you reside?

Student and Nonprofit Relations

How has volunteered effected your life?

Volunteering helped me find a new job, and a career that I love!

Why do you believe in Passion Impact?

Yes, because the energy and drive of the people involved is infectious. Whatever direction PI ends up going in, it will be great because the people involved are quality and attract other quality people.

 

 

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What are you passionate about? 

Helping those out in the community who do not have access to the same resources that we do.

On which committee do you reside?

Student and Nonprofit Relations

How has volunteered effected your life?

It has helped me learn more about the community where I live in and I have meet a bunch of great people through volunteering.

Why do you believe in Passion Impact?

Yes, because many students don’t know where to volunteer and Passion Impact serves as a liaison between nonprofits and the students.

 

 

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What are you passionate about? 

Building community; food security & nutrition; racial equity; arts & activism; theatre; gardening; good books

On which committee do you reside?

Community Partnerships

How has volunteered effected your life?

My mother raised me to believe that volunteering in the community for something I’m passionate about is as regular a part of life as going to school or working at a job. In addition to building interest, skills, experience, and relationships, volunteering enhanced my life, making me a more complete person. From childhood my mom and I would volunteer at the Hawaiian Humane Society together every week cleaning kennels, walking, feeding, and grooming the adoptable dogs. A few years later, this same volunteer job became a bonding experience for me and my step dad as he joined us in our weekly volunteer time. This was part of how my mom prepared me to be a responsible pet owner, which years later I still am.

I’ve also spent time volunteering within the theatre community, in elementary schools, with the YMCA of Honolulu, and with Portland area organizations like Cerimon House, Portland City Club, and the Oregon Food Bank.

Why do you believe in Passion Impact?

I do because I was fortunate that my mom instilled a sense of duty to my community, but not everyone has that. Later on my high school instituted a volunteer hours minimum as a graduation requirement. Again, not everyone has that. Part of being a piece of the larger mosaic of a community–or for that matter, a nation, a world– is giving back. While I give monetarily when I can (though non-profit salaries don’t make this a sustainable habit!) I feel that I give and receive the most when I give of my time as a volunteer. I hope that others can find as much value in it as I do.

 

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What are you passionate about? 

Music, weightlifting, engineering, community service, food

On which committee do you reside?

Student Incentives

How has volunteered effected your life?

Value: helping others provides value and meaning in life.

Why do you believe in Passion Impact?

Yes. Community service is very underdeveloped in many parts of this country. Connecting passion with service is very intuitive.

 

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