We are pleased to announce and spotlight Erin Egloff as our newest Featured Blogger & Volunteer Grants Assistant
Why did you decide to volunteer at 540WMain
EE: I decided to volunteer at 540WMain because I see their programming as vital to the community, and the opportunity to be of service in a way that fit my talents and schedule was compelling.
Where did you grow up?
EE: I was born and raised in the small town of Lowville, NY (upstate, in Lewis County).
When you’re not volunteering at 540WMain what do you like to do?
EE: I’m a lifelong learner and am always in the middle of learning more about a topic I’m interested in, such as intersectional feminism, racial and social justice, mental health and substance use disorders, and family dynamics. I volunteer with other organizations, I spend time with my young nephew, and I have four very demanding felines.
For you how does what you do as a brand or business related to
EE: I currently serve as the Finger Lakes Addiction Resource Center Coordinator at NCADD-RA, a program of DePaul. One of my main responsibilities is coordination accessible and accurate information for treatment and recovery opportunities in the nine counties within the Governor’s Finger Lakes Economic Development Zone. Those with substance use disorders and their families need to know that recovery and wellness is possible.
How do you stay healthy?
EE: I try to balance my work, volunteer, and family obligations with self-care, which for me includes substantial rest, hydration, and saying “no” when I feel the temptation to over commit.
What’s your favorite healthy food to eat?
How do you express creativity in your life?
EE: I express creativity through writing, identifying and pursuing collaborative opportunities, and in ways to care for my family and friends.
What is it that inspires you to volunteer in the community?
EE: As a formally educated, white cis woman, I have enormous privilege in our current world. I want to use that privilege in constructive ways to battle white supremacy and to educate other white people on how they can do the same.
What are you working on now?
EE: I am currently working on deciding where to focus my long-term volunteer efforts in the Rochester community.
What do you like best about living in Rochester?
EE: The proximity to my family, who live in Syracuse and in Lowville.
What do you like least about living in Rochester?
EE: I dislike being cold.
Is there anything else you’d like the readers to know?
EE: I hold myself to high standards, and I appreciate it when others let me know when I’ve made a mistake, when I need to think more critically about something, or when I should learn more about an issue.
Photo credit: Erin Egloff
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