Zema: Uniting Career and Passion

                Zema is an AmeriCorps Member serving with Volunteer Maryland at CaringMatters in Gaithersburg, Maryland, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide social support and community education to ensure that no one dies or grieves alone. As a Volunteer Coordinator at CaringMatters, Zema will be serving in different areas of communication and marketing for the volunteer programs the organization provides. Some examples include, but are not limited to, Volunteer Helping Hands and Camp Erin. The Volunteer Helping Hands program trains volunteers to provide considerate companionship for clients who have serious life-limiting illnesses. Camp Erin supports a specific demographic dealing with loss by holding an annual weekend camp for children ages 6-17 who are grieving the loss of a family member or friend.

After graduating from the University of Maryland, College Park in May 2017, Zema had a plan to pursue a career in communications and marketing for nonprofits. This plan was challenged by circumstance but led her to gain experience in a highly skilled and competitive field. She thrived in this industry but she eventually conceded that there may be a better position which could incorporate both her career interest and her passion.

Zema is 2nd generation Ethiopian and bilingual in English and Amharic. Her interests in social action and cultural awareness motivate her to strive in her position as a Volunteer Coordinator. She also has a passion and background in nonprofit work, specifically in the area of domestic violence awareness and education. Her background in educational nonprofit service is what influenced her to do service with Volunteer Maryland and become a Volunteer Coordinator at CaringMatters. She hopes to gain skills and experience in nonprofit leadership, marketing, and communications that will help launch her into similar positions which fully unite her career and passion.

You can learn more about the volunteer opportunities, support groups, and various programs of CaringMatters at caringmatters.org or by calling (301) 869-4637.
You can also find them on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/CaringMatters.org/

Facing Illness and Grief. Finding Compassion and Support.

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