As a first-generation college student, it is really important to me to be able to use the skills I learn at school in a way that contributes to the community I am in. CEC is a perfect way to do both of these things. Our partner organizations are doing truly meaningful, and amazing work in their programs, and being able to help them with operational challenges they face, to enable them to do their work more easily or elevate their programming is a really unique experience.
Engaging with City Gate has taught me a lot about the non-profit sector. Usually, I have contributed direct service to large organizations but working with small nonprofits has been an inspiring experience. Seeing how passionate people drive social change has shifted my perspective on how I spend my time engaging with the communities I serve. Being able to see how my service directly impacts the sustainability of the organization has been very meaningful to me and I hope in the future CEC continues to connect students with nonprofits who are making important impacts in the communities that they serve.