For Lauren Pollock, community service is what keeps her grounded. “It is easy to get caught up in the craziness of school, work, and other activities, but making sure I have time to volunteer has kept me in line with my true values,” says Lauren. At Stevenson, Lauren is a team leader for the university’s Service Corps. Her Service Corps team makes sandwiches for Baltimore’s homeless and volunteers with Helping Up Mission and Moveable Feast. This spring she is chairing her campus’ Relay for Life event to raise money for the American Cancer Society. She sees firsthand the power a group of people have when they work together toward a common goal.
Lauren’s vision is to empower women, especially single mothers, to realize not only their strengths, but also their weaknesses and, as a result, understand that independence also encompasses interdependence with others. “No one is capable of doing everything; if more people, women specifically, would accept this idea, we could work together to have an incredible effect on our lives,” says Lauren.