Volunteer Spotlight: Mona

This month, get to know N Street Village volunteer, Mona! Mona started as a volunteer at the Village and recently joined the Impact Committee, the Village’s committee of young professionals. Mona is currently the top SHERO Walk fundraiser and has been leveraging her network and friends to make a difference!

I have been serving breakfast at the Bethany Day Center on Monday mornings for over a year and am currently a member of the Impact Committee. I am an Executive Assistant for a political polling firm, Anzalone Liszt Grove Research (ALG). Prior to ALG, I was a political fundraiser for several candidates and initiatives in the state of Ohio. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from THE Ohio State University (Go Bucks!).

In my free time, I enjoy the outdoors by hiking the trails or biking around town. I am also an avid traveler with most recently visiting Paris for Labor Day weekend. I consider myself a huge foodie and host dinner parties for my friends and love trying out the newest restaurants around D.C.

Where are you from originally and how long have you lived in the D.C. area? I am originally from Montgomery, Alabama and have been living in DC for a year and a half.

What is your favorite D.C. restaurant? Le Diplomate – I dream about their mushroom tart and everyone should go order it NOW!

On a Saturday evening you will find me… On 14th street, in Shaw or on the couch watching the latest Netflix series.

What is the last movie you watched (and enjoyed)? Crazy Rich Asians – I cried twice.

What is your favorite D.C. landmark? The Tidal Basin during Cherry Blossom season. It is absolutely beautiful down there and people go mad over it. I’m guilty of having 50+ photos of the Cherry Blossoms that I refuse to delete on my iPhone.

Describe N Street Village in 3 words or less. Storytelling, impactful and caring.

What makes N Street Village unique to you? As for someone who serves breakfast at the Village frequently, I get to see first hand how someone’s donation can go so far. $38 for 30 meals….I can spend that much in one sitting on myself – aka too many mushroom tarts for me, but you get the picture!

Share one of your favorite N Street Village memories? Last year, I volunteered at Celebrate Logan and go to meet a lot of folks who lived in the neighborhood but had not heard about N Street Village. After several pitches, I got a ton of folks to donate to the event and even some signed up for volunteer shifts!