Name: Nicholas Collins
Location: Maple Grove, Minnesota
Role: Political Affairs Team member
Fundraising Goal: $500
How did you get interested in global issues?
I was lucky enough to be able to travel to other countries and see firsthand that other people may live slightly differently than us, but their cultures had a lot to offer that we could learn from ourselves.
Why are you volunteering your time to serve the world’s poor?
It was inspiring to me how people in such poor conditions are still able to find more happiness in their day to day lives than most people I know back home. At the same time, it is clear that they are not living in these conditions out of choice, and the relationships that I have developed made me want to use my privileged position to give back in any way that I could.
Any interesting tidbits to share?
I have spent time living on three continents and count my memories in each of these places as such valuable experiences that have allowed me to see things from different perspectives. I’m a basketball fanatic, and while I love watching it here in the US, my favorite time is when the international teams get together, because it is such a different style, and it is so much fun seeing both players I know and ones that I have seen less putting their all into it.
My Compassion/Humility List
I will do the following for any friends and family who donate in my honor.
- $150: Let you hit me with a pie (or other food)
- $100: Lead a Yoga Class
- $75: Dance in the rain
- $75: A day of yard work
- $75: A day of playing basketball
- $50: Teaching how to cartwheel
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