Name: Meredith Furbish
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Position: Political Affairs Intern

Fundraising Goal: $500

How did you get interested in global issues?
I’ve always been fascinated by what is going on in the world, from sneaking into the living room to watch the news over my grandfather’s shoulder to begging to listen to news radio on the way to school. My focus only intensified as I began to take a closer look at major world events in high school, motivating me to get involved both through volunteerism and my future profession.

Why are you volunteering your time to serve the world’s poor?
I am often frustrated by the argument that America receives no benefit from providing aid abroad. Not only is serving the less fortunate a good in and of itself, it is also crucial to maintaining our country’s standing on the world stage, in terms of reputation, security, environment and economics. In volunteering my time with The Borgen Project, I feel I am doing my part to protect what I see as a crucial component of U.S. Foreign Policy.

Any interesting tidbits to share?
This summer, I’m also teaching aerial acrobatics at the Circus School of Atlanta and volunteering my time at historic Oakland Cemetery. I love tea, various crafts (drawing, painting, knitting, and woodcarving), and studying languages, history, and religions.

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

  1. $100: I will send you a large canister of one of my special, homemade tea blends and a selection of my favorite teatime recipes.
  2. $150: Come take an aerial silk class at the circus school on me!
  3. $200: I’ll take you on a picnic in Oakland Cemetery and show you the plots of some of the famous residents and my favorite monuments.


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