Name: Kristina Pecora
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Role: Advocate

Fundraising Goal: $1,000

How did you get interested in global issues?
I was drawn to international advocacy through my studies in psychology, culture and public policy. My early research work with immigrants helped highlight the reasons they sought solace here in the States – opportunity, diversity, and acknowledgement of hard work over status. I have felt very lucky to grow up in such a place, and I am very aware that many places throughout the world are in great need of aid to produce benefits like these.

Why are you volunteering your time to serve the world’s poor?
My work as a helping professional brings me face-to-face with the most human of hardships – personal struggles, loss, navigating the healthcare system. I love this work, and find it very rewarding, but I feel called to help more people in different ways. And in spite of being faced daily with others’ challenges, I realize we are all still privileged to be living in the US. Finding a global initiative feels like the way to do the most good from such a privileged position.

Any interesting tidbits to share?
I am a distance runner and coach for half-marathon and marathon training – I have some of my best ideas when my mind is clear and my legs are moving!

I own a small zoo in the middle of urban Chicago – my family includes two dogs and two cats and lots of chaos as well as cuddles.

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

  1. $50: I can teach you 5 mindfulness meditation techniques that will help bring you calm and relaxation. 
  2. $100: I’ll cook a fabulous Italian meal (Think: Grandma’s homemade pasta and meatballs!)
  3. $250: I will create a personal accent piece for your home or your wardrobe. 
  4. $500: I will create a goal achievement plan for one of your big life goals/bucket list items and we can check in periodically to help keep you on track – worth 5-7 hours of my professional time

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