Posted May 12, 2010
With a double-major in English and Classics, Sam Waxman '10 is looking forward to what comes after graduation, building upon her interests that were formed through her studies as well as community involvement.
In summer of 2009, as a Community Matters in Maine Fellow through the McKeen Center, she interned at Five Rivers Arts Alliance, a local nonprofit that strengthens Midcoast communities through the arts. In large part because of her positive experience at Five Rivers, Sam decided to pursue her interest in nonprofits and social justice after graduation this May. She applied and was accepted into Avodah, the Jewish service corps. Avodah is very similar to Americorps, but with a distinctly Jewish focus. It combines social justice and communal living in a unique way. In her position next year, she will be living in a house with the other Avodah fellows in Washington, DC, working for a service organization, and participating in programming that explores the relationship between Judaism and social justice.
One of the many reasons Sam chose Avodah is that the organization matches their fellows with exciting and challenging jobs. Specifically, Sam will be working at the employment training center of a homeless shelter, helping to support and train homeless adults to start their own careers where they will be able to earn a living wage. Avodah is a wonderful program for Jews of any denomination or type to explore social justice through the lens of Judaism and to get some really valuable work experience.
“By serving the community through the Jewish Service Corps (AVODAH), I hope to obtain a fuller glimpse of what homelessness is and means, how we can use education to solve it, and reach a fuller understanding of the vital importance of doing community service.”