Name: Ellen Cruise
Location: Portland, Oregon
Position: PR/Marketing Intern

Fundraising Goal: $500

How did you get interested in global issues?
Coming from a family where both my sister and I are adopted from different regions of China and then immigrating to the United States, we have always been brought up in a very global way. Through the foods we eat, the languages we speak, and the issues we fight for, we always consider it through a global lens. I have always been driven and passionate about people, but my understanding and awareness of global poverty has encouraged me to get involved and do as much as I can.

Why are you volunteering your time to serve the world’s poor?
Underrepresentation is one of the driving reasons that is pushing me to help serve the poor. Our government is making poor policy decisions that don’t help the wants and needs of those in global poverty. It’s important that we fight for the underdog because not only will it benefit the United States, but it’s the right thing to do. As a volunteer rallying for change for the world’s poor, I hope to kickstart a change in attitude and political involvement that will benefit those living in poverty.

Any interesting tidbits to share?
I am a freshman in college at Concordia University Portland, I am a marketing major, and in my free time I like to play sports and hang out with friends. Lately on campus, I’ve taken up skateboarding!

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

  1. $25: Coffee and catch-up 
  2. $50: Mail you 50 homemade chocolate chip cookies 
  3. $75: Make you dinner 
  4. $100: Go on a hike 
  5. $250: Clean your house (including your car!)


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