Community Builder Spotlight: Michelle Martz Easley

 

While we cannot wait for the day when we can welcome volunteers back to the Village, we are spotlighting some of our incredible community members that give time, talent, and treasure to N Street Village. Meet long-time volunteer and Community Builder, Michelle Martz Easley.

How did you get involved with N Street Village?

I began volunteering at N Street Village in 2019 as a New Year’s resolution. I wanted to find a consistent volunteer opportunity that matched my values. While there are many impactful organizations in Washington, DC, N Street Village stood out to me. The Village is a place that takes a whole-hearted approach to empower homeless and low-income women to claim their highest quality of life. I believe this specific mission is why unlike my previous resolutions (i.e., lose weight, read more, declutter), volunteering became a lasting commitment.

Can you share your favorite N Street Village memory?

I found joy in volunteering by serving breakfast on Sunday mornings at the Bethany Day Center. Over coffee and cereal, I experienced the clients celebrating their and the group’s successes on their unique journeys to heal and recover. I have numerous memories of these early mornings at the Village. Each moment providing evidence that through the simple work of serving meals, I found a humbling act of love.

 

What inspired you to become a recurring donor in addition to volunteering your time with N Street Village?

In March 2020, volunteering onsite was suspended so that clients, staff, and volunteers could remain safe during the rising cases of coronavirus. While the pandemic continues, I miss those mornings serving breakfast. In this physical absence, I decided to continue supporting the Village by making monthly donations. I’ve found that even supporting the Village from afar is a rewarding experience. When it is safe to volunteer onsite again, I will be back to serve meals while continuing my recurring donations, knowing that my commitment is beyond a yearly resolution.

COMMUNITY BUILDER SPOTLIGHT: Louise Rothschild

While we cannot wait for the day when we can welcome volunteers back to the Village, we are spotlighting some of our incredible community members that give time, talent, and treasure to N Street Village. Meet long-time volunteer and Community Builder, Louise Rothschild.

Q. How did you get involved with N Street Village?
A. A friend of mine is on the Impact Committee and she encouraged me to get more involved with N Street Village. I work with homeless service providers in my day job and I loved what N Street Village was doing for the women of DC; I couldn’t imagine not wanting to be a part of local women meeting their goals. After volunteering a few times, I was hooked.

Q. How long have you been serving the Village community?
A. I have been working with homeless service providers for almost 15 years, but I’ve been specifically volunteering with N Street Village for close to five years.

Q. Can you share your favorite N Street Village memory?
A. The first time I came to volunteer was on Family and Friends Day. I loved everyone coming together to plant and grow beautiful flowers and vegetables that the women of N Street would eat and enjoy! It’s one of my favorite annual events and I was sorry to miss it this year.

Q. What inspired you to become a recurring donor in addition to volunteering your time with N Street Village?
A. I spend a lot of my day speaking with nonprofits similar to N Street Village, working with them to address their capacity needs and help house people who are in the middle of a housing crisis and it is amazing to see how these organizations were able to quickly pivot to address the public health needs of the pandemic while still helping people move to permanent housing. A key factor in this has been unrestricted funding, funding that organizations can use to meet their immediate needs. It just made sense to give to N Street on a regular basis. Volunteering is rewarding, but organizations need funds too and I’m happy to support N Street Village in as many ways as I can.