Name: Melanie Rasmussen
Location: Lincoln, NE
Role: Writer

Fundraising Goal: $500

How did you get interested in global issues?
I have a passion for language, which translated into a degree program in International Studies. After graduating, I went into immigration law and have seen first-hand how global issues affect the nation.

Why are you volunteering your time to serve the world’s poor?
I want to further explore global issues and their far-reaching impacts. I also want to help bring attention to innovative poverty solutions that aren’t well known.

Any interesting tidbits to share?
I love writing, and I have won National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) for eight years straight (though this year I will instead devote my time to The Borgen Project). When not writing, I enjoy playing with my Oliver Twist-themed pets, Artful Dodger and Oliver.

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

  1. $20: Thank you note featuring Dodger or Oliver
  2. $60: A baked good of your choice
  3. $80: Any food of your choice
  4. $100: Full dinner service

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