Volunteer Spotlight: Claire Christian

This month, get to know N Street Village volunteer Claire Christian.  Claire began volunteering in our community in 2005.  Claire has volunteered her time in almost every program at N Street Village over the last 7 years.  Claire now serves breakfast every Wednesday in our day center and provides support to our residential team as a volunteer assistant. To date, Claire has volunteered over 250 hours of her time to the N Street Village community.  Let’s get to know Claire:

I moved to D.C. after attending Pomona College and have lived here ever since.  I attended American University for graduate school in international relations and now work for a small international environmental organization.  When I was nine, I began volunteering at my local library and found it to be a rewarding experience.  Once I got to D.C., I was really glad to find N Street Village and to have a place to volunteer regularly. I enjoy reading, working out, and cooking.  I am also lucky to be able to indulge my desire to travel thanks to my job, which has sent me to some really cool places all around the world. 

  • Where are you from originally and how long have you lived in the D.C. area?  I’m from Columbia, South Carolina and I’ve lived in the D.C. area since late 2003.
  • Favorite thing about living in D.C…Being able to take public transportation to work and all the interesting places in the D.C. Metro area.
  • On a Saturday evening you will find me…Hanging out with my roommates or friends.
  • When I have free time I most enjoy…Either lifting weights or reading.
  • Book you last read…Gravity’s Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon.
  • Most played song on your iPod/stereo…It’s not really a song, but I stream WAMU (public radio) for most of the workday.
  • What do you enjoy most about volunteering at N Street Village?  I love being part of such a wonderful community and getting to know the women who come to N Street Village through my service. 
  • Why it is important to support N Street Village? It is unacceptable to me that in a society as prosperous as ours, people might fall through the cracks because they cannot always get the help they need to overcome difficulty.  N Street Village is doing vital work by ensuring that there is a safety net for D.C. women