Annie Bennett, Friends of Cedar Lane

IMG_1670Anne, or Annie, Bennett grew up in a family that emphasized service to the community. She is proud of the fact that her mother is a social worker, and considers herself lucky to have been raised with a unique perspective on human need and life struggles. This perspective stayed with her as she attended St. Mary’s College of Maryland. She just graduated from this institution in May with her B.A. in psychology and minors in women, gender, and sexuality studies, and dance.

Upon graduating, Annie was eager to become a Volunteer Maryland Coordinator with Friends of Cedar Lane. She was motivated to serve because she wanted, “to be a part of something bigger than herself and aid an organization doing miraculous work.” Annie was specifically inspired to work with Friends of Cedar Lane, because she was able, “to witness from a sick relative how amazing, caring, and generous the elderly care workers were with their clients and their clients’ families.” She expanded upon her reasoning by explaining that, “Cedar Lane is serving a population that does not always get the attention they deserve from the surrounding community and I am so thrilled to be a part of building the volunteer program that will change that.”

Annie is excited about all of the learning she will be doing at her site, and this year, she hopes to gain leadership skills and insight on working closely with elderly populations. With the experience she gains with Volunteer Maryland and Friends of Cedar Lane, Annie also hopes to go back to school for a graduate degree in social work or counseling that will enable her to aid vulnerable populations on a grander scale.

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