Name: Emily Klein
Location: Spokane, Washington
Role: Advocate

Fundraising Goal: $500

How did you get interested in global issues?
My interest in global issues was first sparked by a genocide, migration, and conflict literature unit in my seventh grade English class. The books I read exposed me to truly global perspectives and the struggles many people still endure because of conflict and poverty. Since then, an interest in global issues has driven my academic pursuits and how I spend my time.

Why are you volunteering your time to serve the world’s poor?
Before the start of my senior year, I realized that I didn’t have to wait for graduation to help improve the world we live in. I wanted to do something proactive as more stories of suffering and struggle appeared on the news each day. By serving the world’s poor, we can alleviate so many issues that plague our time, from food scarcity and gender inequality to forced migration.

Any interesting tidbits to share?
I’m a big movie fan. I know about 95 percent of the words in Monty Python and the Holy Grail and almost the entirety of The Princess Bride.

My Compassion/Humility List
I will do the following for any friends and family who donate in my honor.

  1. Give a shout out on social media for $5
  2. Write a personalized poem for $15
  3. Ice bucket challenge for $25
  4. Make an apple cake for $30
  5. Make a three course meal for $80

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