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National Volunteer Month Profile: Naomi in DC


Today’s volunteer profile is on the newest member of the FMS family: domestic volunteer Naomi Amsberry.

Naomi came to us from Oregon on March 5 to serve as a development associate and office manager.
“I was drawn toward the opportunity to live and work in a faith-based, relationship rich environment,” Naomi said.

In addition to helping us keep track of and thank donors, Naomi helps with the hospitality house and keeping the office running smoothly.

Before joining FMS, Naomi’s service work included working with University Residence Life at her alma mater, Ave Maria University in Florida; visiting with the elderly during the Thanksgiving holidays; serving fundraisers for at crisis pregnancy centers; and playing Christmas carols on her saxophone with the Salvation Army bell ringers. Naomi has also assisted and worked at a variety of youth camps, including those for children with special needs.

Here’s what Naomi has to say about volunteering:

“Volunteering fulfills me in several ways: It helps remind me of my dependency, it gives me hope for a greater humanity, and, currently, it brings me peace that I am indirectly providing others the opportunity to serve on mission.

Pope Benedict XVI writes in ‘Caritas in veritate’ that ‘Everything has its origin in God’s love, everything is shaped by it, everything is directed towards it.’

I am thankful for what I have received, and I feel called to give to others. My motivation to volunteer is rooted in the cardinal virtues for which I strive – faith, hope, and love.”

Support Naomi’s volunteer service with a donation to FMS.

We prepare and support lay Catholics for two-year international, one-year domestic and 1-2 week short-term mission service opportunities in solidarity with impoverished and marginalized communities across the globe.

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