Volunteer Spotlight: Sarah Vogel

SarahThis month, get to know N Street Village volunteer Sarah Vogel. Sarah began volunteering with N Street Village in 2010. Since that time, Sarah has been a regular volunteer at N Street Village’s Luther Place Night Shelter, providing over 200 hours of service to our community serving meals and providing overnight supervision. She also organized a glaucoma screening in our Wellness Center. Let’s get to know Sarah…

Sarah has lived in Washington, DC for 11 years. In 2009, after reading an article in the Washington City Paper about N Street Village volunteer opportunities, she attended a volunteer orientation and started serving our community as a volunteer. When she’s not volunteering, Sarah can be found exploring the city with her husband and friends, practicing and teaching yoga, trying new restaurants, and preparing for an overnight walk this June to raise money for suicide prevention. 

Where are you from originally and how long have you lived in the DC area? I grew up outside of Columbus, Ohio (Go Bucks!) and moved to Washington in 2001.

Where was the last place you traveled to? I just got back from a family trip to Puerto Rico. It was a great escape from the winter weather!

On a Saturday evening you will find me….watching a movie at E Street Cinema. It’s where my husband and I went on our first date.  We still go there often to see great films.

Who is one of your favorite musicians? Stevie Wonder

What is your favorite D.C. landmark? The statue of Mahatma Gandhi in front of the Indian Embassy. It’s a great reminder of the power of peace in one of the most powerful cities in the world.

Describe N Street Village in 3 words or less. Community of Strength

What has been one of your biggest surprises about N Street Village? How bittersweet it is to say goodbye to ladies as they move on from N Street Village’s Luther Place Night Shelter. While I’m always glad to hear that someone’s gotten a new job or moved into their own apartment, I do miss spending time with them.

Share one of your favorite N Street Village memories? Two years ago, a friend and I cooked and served dinner at Luther Place Night Shelter to celebrate my birthday. It was a great way to spend the evening and reminded me how much more I’ve gotten out of volunteering than I’ve ever given.