Civic Engagement has honored Kayla Theel as the Volunteer of the Month for February 2018. Kayla is a sophomore at Georgia State majoring in Nonprofit Leadership. She has volunteered with Civic Engagement in many instances including projects at Safehouse Outreach, Westside Volunteer Corps, Trees Atlanta, Atlanta Community Food Bank, Decatur Campus Gardens and Rustic Pathways.
Throughout Kayla’s volunteer work and position with Civic Engagement, she has done construction projects, facilitated a dinner and prom for senior citizens, planted and cared for trees and gardens, sorted and packaged food, and worked at wildlife rescue centers abroad. Some of Kayla’s favorite aspects of volunteering include hearing the stories and learning the cultures of the people that she serves. From India to Peru to Atlanta, she has learned a lot about cultures that differ from her Wisconsin upbringing.
Volunteering with Civic Engagement gave Kayla a desire to pursue a career in the nonprofit leadership when she graduates. In the future, Kayla hopes to live in Latin America while continuing her nonprofit work. Eventually, she would like to form a nonprofit that will empower and educate women in Latin American countries. She hopes that her organization will one day have a worldwide impact.
Congratulations, Kayla! We are thankful for the service and excited to see what the future holds.