Volunteer Spotlight: Carol Ann “Curley“ Newgent

Curley PictureThis month get to know N Street Village volunteer Carol Ann “Curley” Newgent. Curley is an intern with Steinbruck Center of Urban Studies. She started volunteering with N Street Village in September 2013. In a short time, Curley has made a tremendous impact on our community with her positive attitude and can-do spirit. You will often see Curley serving dinner or as an Overnight Supervision Volunteer at our night shelter — usually on a moment’s notice. Let’s get to know Curley…

My name is Carol Ann Newgent, but I go by Curley — so much so that often people don’t know my real name. I grew up in Baltimore and moved to Carroll County, Maryland at age 11. I have nine siblings, who range in age from 7 to 30. We were all home schooled by my mom and we train service animals in our spare time. I am finishing up my Associates in Social Work at Carroll Community College and have plans to transfer to Morgan State next fall. In the fall of 2012, I came to the Steinbruck Center, a service learning and short-term immersion hub in DC, with Carroll Community College and I decided to come back and take a gap year to intern. Besides service and volunteering, I enjoy reading, playing guitar, running, and cooking.

What is your favorite D.C. restaurant? Great Wall Szechuan on 14th street, mostly because it’s the closest Chinese food to my house (which is in the church building).

On a Saturday evening you will find me… I don’t know if I ever do the same thing twice, but often times watching Netflix.

Who is one of your favorite musicians? I don’t necessarily have a consistent favorite, but right now what’s on my play list is Pink, Macklemore, and Fun.

What is the last movie you watched (and enjoyed)? Tower Heist, which is a Ben Stiller comedy

Why did you start volunteering at N Street Village? At first, it was a requirement of my internship. My supervisor set up weekly volunteering for me. I continued to volunteer once a week because it is a wonderful opportunity to build relationships with the women.

Share one of your favorite N Street Village memories? SoulFiesta, which was a huge block party that happened over the summer in collaboration with Luther Place, local Latino housing co-operatives, and the local elementary school. It was nice to see everyone having a good time, relaxing, and also sharing music and food cross culturally. But really, any time I get to spend time with the women is a joy.

What has been one of your biggest surprises about N Street Village?  I was surprised by the breadth of services offered all in one place — from meals and clothing, to health and wellness services, to permanent supportive housing. Most of the shelters I had ever worked at or volunteered at previously had never offered such a wide array of services.