This month, we would like to introduce you to N Street Village staff member Anne Steeves. Anne Steeves is currently working as the Volunteer and In-Kind Gift Coordinator at N Street Village as part of her Lutheran Volunteer Corps service year. A graduate of St. Olaf College with a degree in Sociology and Anthropology and Middle Eastern Studies, Anne studied abroad in 10 countries, sparking a passion for travel and food from around the world. Originally from Minnesota, Anne enjoys volunteering in her free time: she mentors a student at Thurgood Marshall Academy, teaches Religious Education at All Souls Church, and fundraises for her alma mater. Let’s get to know Anne:
NSV: What do you do on a daily basis at N Street Village?
AS: I work with the volunteers and with non-monetary donations that N Street Village receives. As part of the Development Department I work to spread the mission of N Street Village and encourage people to get involved. Once supporters decide to take action I make sure that what they offer matches our needs – whether that’s matching a GRE tutor with a client or making sure new residents at Erna’s House have housewares for their new apartments. Every day is different for me; we are given so many extraordinary gifts and you never know what we might get!
NSV: Describe working at N Street Village in 3 words or less.
AS: Never stop dancing!
NSV: What is the best part of your job?
AS: Moments I can be creative. Whether it is working with a volunteer on a new idea they have or coming up with ideas to be more efficient like Donate Smart DC, being innovative makes my days exciting. This can also include building new partnerships like working with Support 1000 to get bras donated quarterly.
NSV: What story about a woman who has used our services has stuck with you most?
AS: I recently heard of a story of a woman who lost her housing because she was unable to afford rent. She began using services at N Street Village as part of her daily routine to get back on her feet. Recently she comes by to get a meal and saves some of her food to go back to her neighborhood to feed her cats, who also lost their home, and now live in the alley. This story was touching to me because I have a cat I love and can appreciate her compassion.
NSV: What was your greatest accomplishment of the past year?
AS: Over the holidays the Volunteer and In-Kind Office is inundated with generous donations from the community. Because of all the gifts we receive, we are able to give our clients the makings for a Thanksgiving meal, offer winter coats, and make sure their children and grandchildren receive presents. It’s a lot of work, but knowing that you are spreading holiday cheer during a time when it is much needed makes it all worth it.
NSV: What would you tell someone who is thinking about donating to N Street Village?
AS: Everyone deserves to be treated with dignity and at N Street Village that is what every woman gets. Our staff is talented and we follow an innovative model to work with homeless women. What we have here is rare. By supporting N Street Village, you can help a woman make long-term changes in her life.
NSV: Where are you originally from? What do you miss most about your hometown?
AS: My heart is in the Midwest where I grew up. I am very happy in D.C. and hope to stay here past my year of service, but what I miss most about home is horseback riding. I have ridden nearly all my life competing as a hunter/jumper. It is my true passion. I’ll get back in the saddle again but until then, yoga in D.C. will have to do.