CVRAN Volunteer Spotlight

March 13, 2024 0 Comments

Why have a CVRAN volunteer spotlight? 

The work of CVRAN is inspiring for so many reasons. The resilience and optimism of the refugees and asylum seekers themselves is remarkable, especially considering what most of them have endured. I also find the positivity and generosity of CVRAN volunteers gives me so much joy and hope for the world. Working part-time for CVRAN, I get to see examples of this dedication and collaboration in action on a daily basis. I know others don’t get the same window, so every few months I hope to share some of these inspiring individual efforts with others.

Many thanks to Nat for agreeing to be the first one in the spotlight! I hope you enjoy this window into his dedication to the CVRAN mission.

Liza Earle-Centers, coordinator for Spanish speakers and the new Volunteer Coordinator.

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Volunteer Spotlight: Nat Shambaugh
Man building a wall
Nat Shambaugh installing a shower for a CVRAN neighbor. Image: David Stapleton.

Town: Berlin

When did you start volunteering with CVRAN: Summer 2023

What is the most recent volunteer role you have filled: Helping add a second shower to the basement of an Afghan family of 9 living in Montpelier.

What made you want to volunteer for CVRAN? CVRAN does such good work. I don’t have foreign language skills, but can do carpentry so figured that might be where I could help.

Tell us about a time that was especially meaningful for you in your work with CVRAN. Just seeing how happy the Afghan families are to be part of the Central Vermont community.

If you could encourage someone else to volunteer with CVRAN, what would you say? No matter what your skills and experiences are, there are things you can do to help build community in Central Vermont.

What is a hobby you enjoy when NOT engaging in volunteer work? Being outdoors.