September’s Advocate of the Month: Carl Powers
Getting to Know the Advocate of the Month: Carl Powers!
Carl Powers is a stand-up guy. He has been a committed Teen Feed volunteer since 2007. Carl is an integral part of the Tuesday night advocate team, a natural leader, willing to help, articulate in his ability to spread his passion for Teen Feed and he is fu uuuny. Read more about the man, the marvel, the Advocate of the Month, Carl Powers!
How long have you been volunteering with Teen Feed?
I started volunteering in October of 2007 until the following September of 2008. I returned as an Advocate in October of 2009 and have been volunteering since.
Why/how did you get involved with Teen Feed?
I needed 50 hours of community service hours in High School and Teen Feed was listed as an option at my school. I met with Eric Wirkman, nice guy, and stuck with it. I have other friends that are involved too, Marlee Palmer (current volunteer). I took my senior year off from Teen Feed and resumed as an Advocate my freshman year of college – I wanted something to do.
What is your favorite thing about volunteering at Teen Feed?
I like the Teen Feed community – other advocates, Teen Feed staff and the clients we serve. It is a fun place to hang out and volunteer because it doesn’t feel like work. Sometimes you have to click into ‘business mode’, but it is mostly a calm place.
What do you like to do outside of volunteering?
I do stand-up and improv comedy. I am a part of the Collective Improv Club and I have done gigs at Comedy Underground. I also like to play soccer and all sports. I really like skiing. My favorite comedians are Jim Gaffigan, Eugene Mirman and Michael In Black.
What did you eat today?
A white-chocolate-chip-cranberry-cookie and lemonade from Starlife on The Oasis. (He just woke up)
What have you learned from volunteering at Teen Feed?
The best way to get to know someone is to actually talk to them and not just listening to what’s said about someone. It’s about giving people the time.
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