Volunteer Spotlight: Emily Cadei and Company

This month, get to know N Street Village volunteer group Emily Cadei & Company. Emily, Susan, Amanda, and Stephanie have been donating, preparing, and serving the Miriam’s House Sunday dinner every month since October 2012. Let’s get know Emily Cadei & Company…


Susan and Steph

Emily: “We met each other through our jobs in journalism or past jobs on Capitol Hill, through playing on the same adult soccer team, or simply by being neighbors. Our friendships have deepened over the years, and volunteering at N Street Village has made our friendships more meaningful than ever.


Emily and Amanda

Amanda and I are the journalists. Currently, I work at CQ Roll call, which covers Congress, and Amanda works at Reuters. Susan is an attorney and Stephanie is the media relations director for a policy advocacy group called the Truman National Security Project. In addition to her other activities, Susan is busy planning a wedding this fall!”

Where are you from originally and how long have you lived in the DC area? We are from all over the country originally – Amanda is from Cincinnati OH and graduated from Indiana University; Stephanie is from New Rochelle, NY and went to Boston University; Susan is from West Chester, PA and a Dartmouth graduate; and I’m from Sacramento, CA and went to Stanford for college. All of us have lived in Washington, D.C. for several years now.

What are your favorite D.C. restaurants?  Some of our favorite restaurants in D.C. include Red Rocks Pizza in Columbia Heights and Hank’s Oyster Bar in DuPont Circle.

On a Saturday evening you will find us…On a Saturday night you’ll find us out to dinner with friends – probably each other!

What was the last movie you watched (and enjoyed)? The last movies we’ve seen (and enjoyed) include Amour and Searching for Sugarman.

What are your favorite D.C. landmarks? There seems to be a consensus that our favorite Washington landmark is the Jefferson Memorial. I love it when it’s surrounded by cherry blossoms in full bloom. Amanda prefers it lit up at night.

Describe N Street Village in 3 words or less.  We feel Stephanie says it best:  N Street Village is impactful and results driven.

What do you enjoy most about volunteering at N Street Village?  We all love to cook and it’s a lot more fun to cook for the residents of Mariam’s House than just ourselves. Plus the residents are kind enough to indulge us as we experiment with new recipes, hopefully with more successes than failures! Joining the women at Miriam’s House for dinner once a month has also given us a chance to get to know them in an informal setting. Hearing about their days and weeks is inspiring to us and expands our horizons far beyond our own daily lives. So it’s a fulfilling way to combine our own interests and at the same time contribute to something bigger than ourselves.

What makes N Street Village unique to you?  N Street Village is unique to us because it is part of our neighborhood. When we see the women from Miriam’s House out and about, it reminds us we are all part of the same community. Volunteering makes us feel more connected to where we live.