“While I was nervous to begin my first day of service, those feelings went away once I met everyone in the office. Everyone who works here is dedicated to changing the lives of our partner families.” -Molly Campbell
Molly Campbell is a Pittsburgh native. Molly received her degree in Anthropology with a concentration in Sociocultural Anthropology at The College of Wooster. Prior to joining PULSE, she worked as a counselor and assistant group supervisor at the Jewish Community Center and a Teaching Apprentice at Wooster. Additionally, Molly was a part of K(no)w, Wooster’s sexual assault awareness group, and Vice President and Service Chair of Alpha Gamma Phi. In her free time, Molly enjoys writing poetry, spending time with her family and friends, discovering new music, and taking nature walks in the woods. She is a part of the East End cohort, and is serving at Habitat for Humanity of Greater Pittsburgh.
Kim Demjanenko: What has been the most valuable part of the PULSE experience so far?
Molly Campbell: Living in community and making new friends.
Kim: How has PULSE inspired you to live/think/act differently?
Molly: It has inspired me to learn how to cook! I am being more experimental in the kitchen.
Kim: Tell me something you are learning about yourself through PULSE.
Molly: I have learned to love my alone time. Living with seven other fellows can be exhausting! I need my alone time to recharge.
Kim: What do you enjoy most about your nonprofit partnership?
Molly: I’m really enjoying serving at Habitat for Humanity of Greater Pittsburgh because we provide affordable homes to local, limited income families. The mission of the organization is to bring people together to build homes, communities, and hope in Allegheny County. Through our programs, Pittsburgh families build strength, stability, and self-reliance through home ownership. As the Volunteer Coordinator, I manage the volunteer build days where volunteers work on building and renovating homes for our partner families. Our current project is a 4 brand new home lot in Homewood. Seeing the homes come together throughout my time serving here has been incredible.
Kim: What have you enjoyed most about living in community?
Molly: My favorite part of living in an intentional community are our house dinners and Sunday potlucks. I live in the Stanton house and we eat meals together Monday-Thursday. It has been great to learn how to cook with my housemates. I really value the time we spend together during dinner. It’s a time where the entire house comes together and talks about their days. On Sundays, we have a potluck with the other house in the East End. It’s really nice for everyone to spend time together while sharing a meal. Everyone in the East End is a great cook, so every meal has been enjoyable!
Kim: Describe a typical day at your nonprofit partnership.
Molly: I am the volunteer coordinator so I will coordinate and meet volunteers and visit build sites to make sure everything is going smoothly.
Kim: What surprised you most about Pittsburgh?
Molly: Even though I grew up around Pittsburgh, I had never been to the South Hilltop. I found it really cool!
Kim: What is the most interesting/fun adventure you’ve had in Pittsburgh so far?
Molly: Going to First Friday on Penn Ave with my housemates has been so fun! One of the first weekends in PULSE, the East End cohort went to First Friday together. First Fridays on Penn Avenue is a monthly initiative supported by the Penn Avenue Arts Initiative, a joint program of the Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation and Friendship Development Associates. Each month, people from all over the region stroll Penn Avenue between the 4800 and 5500 blocks to meet with artists and local business owners. Visitors can expect to see everyone and everything. Families, singles, workers, students, long-time residents and first-time visitors alike can bask in Penn Avenue’s creative energy – experiencing a mix of photography, dance, painting, sculpture, music and spoken word performances. It was great to see local community members, artisans, and business owners come together to celebrate the uniqueness of Penn Avenue. If you have never been, I would highly recommend checking it out!
Kim: What is the best part of the PULSE experience?
Molly: For me, the best part of the PULSE experience is serving at Habitat for Humanity of Greater Pittsburgh. Stanton is close to the Habitat office, so my commute is very short compared to other fellows. Everyone who works for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Pittsburgh has been extremely kind and welcoming to me. While I was nervous to begin my first day of service, those feelings went away once I met everyone in the office. Everyone who works here is dedicated to changing the lives of our partner families. It’s very rewarding to see the work the organization is doing impacting the lives of community members.
Story by PULSE Fellow Kim Demjanenko.
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