December 2015 Volunteer Spotlight Julie Zauzmer

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This month get to know N Street Village volunteer, Julie Zauzmer. Julie started volunteering with us in October 2014 where she served as an overnight supervision assistant. After few shifts, Julie shared that she had a few mornings per week free and offered to facilitate a weekly computer literacy and job search class. Since November 2014, Julie has supported clients with jobs applications, how to use Microsoft Office Suite, and creating resumes. Let’s get know Julie…

I grew up in Pennsylvania. But DC happens to be where homelessness first became the issue closest to my heart. On a group youth trip, we stopped for conversations with people experiencing homelessness in Lafayette Square, just across from the White House. That night, I felt I had to do something. I didn’t know much about homelessness yet but wrote a letter to the hotel where I was staying to encourage the managers to donate extra toiletries to a shelter.

The experience eventually led me to the Harvard Square Homeless Shelter, where I joined the staff of the country’s only student-run homeless shelter. After moving to DC for good after college, I started volunteering at N Street Village!

I am a local news reporter at the Washington Post. Most weekends, I also work as a balloon twister at parties. You can see my giant balloon sculptures at BalloonsByZippy.com.

Where are you from originally and how long have you lived in the D.C area? I am originally from the Philadelphia area. I’ve lived in DC for about two years.

On a Saturday evening you will find me… On my way home from a balloon gig, usually!

When I have free time I most enjoy… Cooking thematic food for the Sunday night movie series I run for my friends.

Book you last read? Follow the Money, a fun book by a British journalist who spent a $10 bill in Kansas and followed it around America for a month as it changed hands.

Most played song on your iPod?  Right now, the Hamilton soundtrack!

What is your favorite D.C. landmark? Point of pride: I’ve been to all 91 Metro stations!

Describe N Street Village in 3 words or less. Abundant help, hope

Share one of your favorite N Street Village memories? On my first computer lab shift, after starting out as an overnight shift volunteer, I expected women would come to use the computers for job applications. I learned that first day just how varied the requests would be-one woman wanted to practice Excel for an upcoming job interview, then realized what she really needed was just basic math. We turned away from the computer and spent 45 minutes with a marker, working on multiplication together.