Ashia Moultrie, United Communities Against Poverty

Ashia Head ShotAshia Moultrie is a Maryland native, born and raised in Prince George’s County. Ashia developed an interest in public service when she worked at the Prince George’s County Department of Environmental Resources, and she holds a Masters degree in Nonprofit Management from The New School in New York.  As the Volunteer Maryland Coordinator with United Communities Against Poverty, Ashia wishes to gain experience that will lead to a career in volunteer management. In the long run, Ashia hopes to shine as a leader, and she sees this year as an important step in that direction.“The Volunteer Maryland Coordinator role is preparing me for a program management or director position at a nonprofit organization” she says.  During her service year, Ashia will recruit, train and support volunteers at the Shepherd’s Cove Emergency Shelter for Women and Children.

Jessica Peiffer, Asian American Center of Frederick

20131105_161443Jessica Peiffer has an extensive background in retail, where she developed many of the professional and interpersonal skills that will serve her well as Volunteer Maryland Coordinator at the Asian American Center of Frederick.  Already an active volunteer at the AACF, Jessica embraced the opportunity to commit to a year of service.  About Volunteer Maryland she says “I was drawn to the program because of its commitment to improving communities throughout Maryland through service.”

As Volunteer Maryland Coordinator, Jessica is looking forward to helping AACF by strengthening its volunteer program.  Jessica will work with volunteers who provide a range of services to immigrants and the wider community.  Along the way, she hopes to sharpen her skills in public speaking, networking and professional writing.

Andi Blohm, Dunkalk Renaissance Corporation

Andi head shotAndi Blohm recently completed a term of service with the Green Iowa AmeriCorps Program, in which she served as a Project Coordinator, organizing green events including eco-movie nights and tree plantings.  Andrea is a graduate of Michigan State University, and this year she will serve as Volunteer Maryland Coordinator at Dundalk Renaissance Corporation. In this capacity, Andi will work on recruiting a diverse group of citizen volunteers to monitor water quality, plant trees, install rain gardens, mark storm drains, and promote Dundalk Renaissance Corporation’s environmental stewardship opportunities. About the service year, Andi says “I hope to feel more confident in managing volunteers, as well as leading community-oriented service projects. I want to practice my skills and put my passions into use.”

William Drew, St. Francis Neighborhood Center

20130929_125852Before he began his service as Volunteer Maryland Coordinator at the St. Francis Neighborhood Center, William Drew interned there as Festival Coordinator for the Reservoir Hill Resource and Music Festival.  A graduate of Belmont Abbey College, William hopes that his time as a Volunteer Maryland Coordinator will help him achieve his goal of attending graduate school and ultimately working in event planning.  William has a passion for serving children, which will serve him well this year as he recruits volunteers for after school and summer enrichment programs. William is grateful for many aspects of this service opportunity, especially the fact that “a variety of people are available to give me feedback and advice, which should help me in accomplishing my job even further.”

Simon Lee, CASA of Prince George’s County

Simon head shotSimon Lee enjoys new experiences, and is always looking to challenge himself. When an AmeriCorps alum suggested that he consider a year of service, Simon was intrigued.

Simon has always cared about serving others, so much so that he traveled to North Korea as part of a medical mission. So serving as Volunteer Maryland Coordinator at Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Prince George’s County seemed like a natural next step. Simon is eager to learn more about advocacy for foster children, and is looking forward to developing a volunteer program at CASA that truly serves their needs. Simon will focus his efforts on building a strong, diverse corps of CASA volunteers who feel recognized and appreciated for the amazing work they do.

Selwyn Ramp, Chesapeake Natives

Selwyn and KellyBorn and raised in the Netherlands, Selwyn Ramp has a wide range of personal and professional interests that keep him connected to the Netherlands and the US.  “I have an affinity to work with different nationalities, cultures and backgrounds and enjoy enriching lives through their heritage,” Selwyn says.

Selwyn’s interest in the areas of environmental preservation and restoration led him to become a volunteer with Chesapeake Natives, where he focused his efforts on their greenhouse at Mt. Airy Mansion in Upper Marlboro.  Soon Selwyn learned about the opportunity to serve as Volunteer Maryland Coordinator at Chesapeake Natives, and he realized this was an ideal opportunity to develop professional skills while continuing to serve. During the service year, Selwyn says he is “looking forward to making a difference to this organization by recruiting and managing volunteers.”  While doing so, he hopes to develop a deeper understanding of the nonprofit world.

Roslyn Lindner, FIRN

Roz Head shotService has always been important to Roslyn Lindner. She was taught very early in life that serving her neighbors was not just about doing the right thing, but also about loving and treating everyone the same regardless of their race, religion or creed.  One of Roslyn’s interests is learning about different cultures, and she spent two years in China where she experienced life as a foreigner.  Those years abroad inspire Roslyn as she serves as the Volunteer Maryland Coordinator at FIRN. “My service at FIRN combines my passion for service and for learning about different cultures, which has driven me my whole life.  I’m excited to be an agent of positive change in the lives of foreign-born individuals in my community.”  Roslyn will spend the next 11 months helping foreign-born individuals by creating a sustainable volunteer program that will have a significant, positive impact on the foreign-born community of Howard and surrounding counties.

Ericka Blackwell, Center of Help

Ericka BlackwellA graduate of Lincoln University, Ericka Blackwell was drawn to service after interning at a nonprofit in Philadelphia.  “I realized my love for serving and giving back the community,” Ericka says, “I want to give support to those who need it most.”

As Volunteer Maryland Coordinator at the Center of Help in Annapolis, Ericka will be doing just that.  She will recruit, train and coordinate volunteers who help immigrants locate the resources and information they need.  During this service year, Ericka also hopes to strengthen her leadership, organizational, networking and management skills.  As she weighs several career options, one thing Ericka is sure about is that she wants to find a place in the nonprofit world.

Kelly Lawhorn, Natural Partners

Selwyn and KellyKelly Lawhorn has always been motivated by a desire to serve. She is a Silver Spring native who moved to Baltimore in 2008 to attend UMBC. When choosing a field of study, Kelly knew she wanted to major in something that she says “would help me be a catalyst for change in the world. I chose environmental studies.” After graduation, Kelly traveled to the Peruvian Amazon where she served as a Jungle Conservation Volunteer. Upon her return from Peru, Kelly interned with the Humane Society of the United States and volunteered at Silver Spring Green. She is now serving as the Volunteer Maryland Coordinator at Natural Partners, where she will recruit volunteers who will work with 16 schools to plan, plant and sustain Habitat Gardens.

Ruth Santa Maria, Service Coordination

Ruth Head shotRuth Santa Maria studied and practiced social work in Peru, and has always had a passion for helping people in need.  “I had a wonderful experience working with people with physical and developmental disabilities in my country, and my challenge is to broaden my knowledge,” Ruth says.

Ruth will serve as Volunteer Maryland Coordinator at Service Coordination, which serves people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  Ruth will help build the volunteer program, and she will recruit volunteers who will assist clients as they wait for services. As she does so, Ruth hopes to learn how to effectively use social media to recruit volunteers, and she is also eager to improve her skills as a public speaker.