Volunteer Spotlight: Carol Coonrod

IMG_8150 - CopyThis month get to know N Street Village volunteer, Carol Coonrod. Carol is a versatile volunteer who spends her time serving the community as a an Overnight Supervisor, Residential Assistant, Bingo Facilitator at Miriam’s House, and Administrative Assistant with our finance team. Let’s get to know Carol…

My husband John and I moved to the District in May 2012, after 27 years in New York City where we worked with an international nonprofit committed to ending hunger called The Hunger Project. After retiring in 2009, I became the volunteer coordinator and served on the Board of Directors for a food pantry in New York. I discovered N Street Village when reading “Street Sense” and recognized my own longing for community and a loving environment. I began volunteering at the night shelter as an overnight volunteer and later took on volunteer roles at N Street Village’s Miriam’s House and in the finance office.  Most recently, I walked in solidarity with those experiencing homelessness at the Village’s Community Walk. Born and raised in Michigan, I am drawn to lakes and woods, and spend six weeks each summer helping to run a camp in New Hampshire.

What is your favorite D.C. restaurant? Fire Fly

On a Saturday evening you will find me…Trying a new dinner recipe with my husband.

What is the last movie you watched (and enjoyed)? The Butler

What is your favorite D.C. landmark? National Museum of Women in the Arts

Share one of your favorite N Street Village memories? The first time I walked into the building to attend a volunteer orientation. Everyone was very friendly and helpful. I was so excited about finding a “home” for myself in Washington, D.C. I was ready to begin volunteering that night!

What has been one of your biggest surprises about N Street Village? How acknowledging you are of volunteers!

Describe N Street Village in 3 words or less. Loving. Nurturing. Authentic.