Sage College student learns value of volunteering

May 05, 2017 06:09 AM

When Katie Gnirrep graduates from Sage College next year, she'll walk out with more than a degree. She'll also have learned invaluable lessons that will last her a lifetime.

She's talking about her trip last summer helping to build a home with Habitat for Humanity for a single mom of four kids in Oregon.

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“It allows her to have a home that gives her that step to further bring herself out of poverty and into a more stable life,” Gnirrep said.

According to the National City for Children in Poverty, 60 percent of children in poor families live with a single parent in Oregon.

Gnirrep, who is majoring in Sociology and may become a social worker, read about the feminization of poverty in class at Sage. But now she was seeing it face to face.

“I learned about it a little in my Sociology class but was able to see what it meant to people who are actually living in it instead of just through a textbook,” she said.

With college debt high and more grads having to move back in with parents because they haven't found a job, getting a degree is important to college students.

Gnirrep wants to work with environmentalists this summer but she wants a good job as well. She believes in volunteerism. She now is keenly aware it not only helps the recipients. It changes her life too.

“It opens your eyes to everything,” Gnirrep said.


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