Name: Aparna Marathe
Location: Blacksburg, Virginia
Position: PR/Marketing Intern

Fundraising Goal: $1,000

How did you get interested in global issues?
With immigrant parents who grew up in India, I have learned a great deal about Indian life and culture. Through my annual visits to India, I have witnessed how poverty can negatively impact an individual’s independence, happiness, and quality of life. Through these experiences, I am motivated to learn more about global issues in order to make a difference.

Why are you volunteering your time to serve the world’s poor?
I am volunteering my time to serve because I believe poverty is an issue that the United States has the potential to make a huge impact in. Living in a privileged nation inspires me to be involved in issues around the world so that they too, can experience a life of happiness and success.

Any interesting tidbits to share?
I love to swim, listen to music, and travel!

My compassion/humility list:
I will do the following for any friends or family who donates in my honor…

  1. $70: Go for a swim with you/ give you a swimming lesson—it’s a great way to get some exercise!
  2. $80: Tutor you, your child, or a friend for an hour.
  3. $100: Run any errands you have for the day.


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