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Change is Good. Lasting Change is Better: Why Advocacy is Essential to Volunteer Programs
March 5 @ 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
What is advocacy? What role can it play in a volunteer’s experience? Catholic Relief Services (CRS) shares tips, tools, and ideas for integrating advocacy opportunities into volunteer programs. From orientation and retreats to community nights and alumni engagement, this webinar will provide new insights to help your volunteers have the impact they want on their communities and the world.
Meet the Presenters:
Danielle Roberts has worked on the CRS University Engagement team, based in Baltimore, Maryland, since 2014. In this role, she collaborates with college and university partners around the country to advance the CRS mission through the CRS Student Ambassador program, CRS Faculty Learning Commons, and CRS University web, social media, and email communications. Prior to working at CRS, Danielle spent a year with the post-graduate volunteer program Rostro de Cristo, accompanying students and families in a marginalized community in Ecuador and then worked in the program’s Boston office for an additional year coordinating immersion groups, recruitment, and volunteer formation. She holds a master’s degree in theology from Boston College’s School of Theology and Ministry and a bachelor’s degree in religious studies from The University of Toledo.
Eric Clayton joined Catholic Relief Services (CRS) in June 2013 and is currently a senior program officer in the new Mission and Mobilization division. He provides strategic direction and narrative framing for the agency’s largest US-based program, CRS Rice Bowl, as well as manages a small content team. During his time at CRS, he has also supported university and young adult outreach efforts, assisted in peace-building and social cohesion documentation, and launched an internal, global podcast series, “I AM CRS,” which invited staff worldwide to reflect on the value of mission and identity in international development work.
Outside of CRS, he has been a contributor to online faith-based blogs and journals, including Busted Halo, Sojourners and the Catholic Apostolate Center, as well as at Ashoka Changemakers, an NGO specializing in social entrepreneurship. He has managed the social media channels for Maryknoll Lay Missioners and is currently an adjunct professor in the Department of Mass Communication at Towson University.
Eric holds a Masters of Arts of International Media from American University and a Bachelor of Arts from Fairfield University, where he studied International Studies and English/Creative Writing. His academic research explored the crossroads of storytelling, peacebuilding and faith. After completing his undergraduate studies, Eric served in Santa Cruz, Bolivia with the Sisters of Mary Help of Christians, teaching English and supporting community outreach initiatives.
He currently lives with his wife, daughter and hedgehog in Baltimore, Maryland.