Name: Natasha Matveyuk
Location: Claremore, Oklahoma
Position: Human Resources Intern

Fundraising Goal: $500

How did you get interested in global issues?
With America being viewed as the world’s agenda setter and holding key leadership positions, it is in our duty to advocate and address the global issues on a national level and make them a primary focus of U.S. foreign policy.

As The Borgen Project focuses on advocacy, it is important that they place an emphasis on people calling and emailing their leaders in support of poverty-reduction bills, as they are a great influence on those around them. The congressional leaders keep count of how many calls are received and can support the poverty-reducing bill after just a few short calls. More can be done if only we make these issues our focus. It only takes a few seconds to be the change and advocate for the less fortunate. I am ecstatic to work for such an incredible organization and acquire the skills that will be useful in my professional life.

I exert myself and my abilities to connect with people at a professional and personal level whilst staying culturally aware, having an open mind, and desiring to challenge myself in every aspect of life.

I aim to be a good listener, encourage others, stay positive, be inviting and caring, as well as find common ground with those whom I interact with.

I went on a service trip with my home church to Juarez, Mexico (fundraising money, collecting donations, distributing the items).

Why are you volunteering your time to serve the world’s poor?
I believe that every individual has the chance for their voice to be heard and play a role in advocating for those less fortunate. I find it important to strive to exhibit the ability of being personable and making other individual’s needs your own needs. In many instances I am asked to lead – and I dedicate myself to the challenge and task; seeking new approaches and making every effort to be solicitous of others’ opinions and ideas. I treat challenges as an opportunity for growth.

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

  1. $50: Get pied in the face
  2. $150: Eat a head of garlic
  3. $200: Color my hair purple


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