Name: Gwendolin Schemm
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Position: Writer Intern
Fundraising Goal: $500
How did you get interested in global issues?
In my tenth-grade world history class, our final project was to do a presentation on a global issue. Not knowing that I would later be passionate, I chose to do poverty in third-world nations. Now in my third year of college, I have conducted and presented research on poverty in Allegany County, MD and volunteered in impoverished communities in the Newark, NJ and New York City areas. I have also traveled across the globe and have witnessed poverty in Costa Rica and European nations. I never thought doing one presentation on poverty would then change my life.
Why are you volunteering your time to serve the world’s poor?
Poverty is an often overlooked and misunderstood phenomena. I hope to be able to educate the world community to define the problem of poverty and showcase the positive that has been done to reduce its impact. The world is at its best when every individual has an equal chance to contribute.
Any interesting tidbits to share?
I am a double major in Communication Studies and Psychology with a minor in Journalism at Frostburg State University. I am a starter on the Women’s Soccer team and the Editor-in-Chief of the student newspaper, The Bottom Line.
My absolute favorite color is yellow, I have a pet chinchilla, and have been to three consecutive FIFA Women’s World Cup tournaments.
My compassion/humility list:
I will do the following for any friends or family who donates in my honor…
- $40: Plant flowers
- $50: Cut the grass
- $70: Grocery shopping
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