In the Volunteer Spotlight we recognize a Youth Service, Inc. volunteer making an impact in the communities we serve. Caroline Quindlen volunteers at Baring House Crisis Nursery.

Q: Tell us a little bit about yourself and your background.

I was born and raised in the suburbs surrounding Philadelphia. I graduated from Boston College in 2018 and I’m currently a first-year master’s student in the biomedical studies program at Drexel University. I plan to apply to medical school this coming spring in hopes of becoming an orthopedic surgeon.

Q: How long have you been volunteering at YSI?

I have been volunteering at YSI since the beginning of September and I look forward to coming to the nursery each week!

Q: Why did you choose YSI when you were looking for a place to volunteer?

I chose to volunteer at YSI because I was drawn in by their mission of “strengthening the family unit, helping at-risk teens and promoting child safety.” I also wanted to give back to the West Philadelphia community that is less than 20 minutes from my home. I wanted to integrate myself into the education and care of vulnerable children in this area and give back to those who are less fortunate than I am. Educating children is the foundation for the future and I wanted to be even a small part of that.

Q: Why do you think it is important to volunteer?

I believe it is important to volunteer because it enriches the lives of those you help, as well as your own. Volunteering pushes you to stop thinking about yourself and focus time and energy into helping others. I have been blessed with many great opportunities in my life, and I feel it is important to give back to those who have not had the same chances. Volunteering allows you to make connections with people you otherwise would not come in contact with. I believe that everyone should engage in meaningful volunteer work at some point in their lives.
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