At CentroNía we are proud to have a strong network of friends committed to our mission to educate young children and strengthen families. One is these passionate volunteers and supporters is Michelle. Moving to DC from Missouri, Michelle came to the District in search of professional opportunities and to live in the historic capital where she could explore museums, experience the arts, and take in the vibrant culture of our nation’s capital. After settling into her life in DC and finding work as a policy analyst for Kaiser Family Foundation, Michelle began searching for ways to get more involved in her community. After attending a fundraiser, Michelle decided to get involved and share her time and talents with CentroNía

Michelle, being a lover of Zumba, attended CentroNía’s first annual Zumbathon in 2016 and since then she has volunteered for several events. She was an essential volunteer for CentroNía’s first Buen Provecho: A Taste of Columbia Heights and she is one of the inaugural members of CentroNía’s Advisory Committee. Michelle hasn’t just shared her time with CentroNía, last year she shared her birthday with CentroNía and in lieu of accepting gifts she raised over $400 from her friends and family in support of the children and families at CentroNía.

Michelle volunteering at our first Taste of Columbia Heights event.

“I was so inspired and grateful to see the amount of support I received for my birthday fundraiser,” Michelle says. “It’s such an easy and engaging way to give back to your community.”

Michelle has always been passionate about helping communities in need. From 2009 to 2011, she served in the Peace Corps in Paraguay and Dominica where she taught health and worked with community groups on capacity-building projects. When Michelle was introduced to CentroNía’s mission and community, she was reminded of her time in the Peace Corps and she is proud to support a community committed to high-quality, bilingual education.

“To me, CentroNía means a force for good, a network of passionate people committed to social justice. I am inspired by the hardworking teachers and staff that ensure children and families thrive,” says Michelle. “Seeing their dedication motivates me to share my experience and raise awareness about the work being done at CentroNía.”