“I’ve enjoyed the connection to different nonprofits and networks throughout Pittsburgh, the opportunity to learn about a variety of fields and interest areas through the other PULSE fellows.” – Lucas Driediger
Lucas Driediger comes to Pittsburgh by way of Hamilton, Ontario. Lucas received his degree in Peace-building and Development from Eastern Mennonite University. He served as an assistant with L’Arche Hamilton and did his practicum with Creciendo Juntos, a community development NGO in Bogotá, Colombia. In his downtime, he enjoys reading, writing songs, and playing soccer. He is serving at the Sharpsburg Neighborhood Organization.
Damilola Onakomaiya: What have you enjoyed most about living in community?
Lucas Driediger: I’ve enjoyed the connection to different nonprofits and networks throughout Pittsburgh, the opportunity to learn about a variety of fields and interest areas through the other PULSE fellows. I have also liked how there is almost always something to do when you are a part of a group this large.
Damilola: What do you enjoy most about your nonprofit partnership?
Lucas: I enjoy having the leeway to work on some of my own projects in the community development field and the way that my nonprofit is based in community engagement and involvement. I love how my nonprofit partnership, the Sharpsburg Neighborhood Organization, is new and forming an identity within the revitalization efforts of the town.
Damilola: How has PULSE inspired you to live/think/act differently?
Lucas: PULSE has inspired me to love my housemates as people. It has also got me interested in real estate and its complexities.
Damilola: Tell me something you are learning about yourself through PULSE.
Lucas: I have the spirit of an adventurer and I want to experience as much of life as possible by traveling to new cities.
Damilola: What’s your favorite “family meal” recipe for the house?
Lucas: I like to make a one-skillet sweet potato hash with rice and chorizo sausage and red pepper.
Story by PULSE Participant Damilola Onakomaiya.
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