Volunteer Spotlight: Roslyn Banks and Meg Meyer

Meg and Roslyn 2This month, get to know N Street Village volunteer team Roslyn Banks and Meg Meyer.  Together, Roslyn and Meg volunteer once a month, serving lunch in our drop-in day center. They began their service at the end of 2011 and have volunteered over 40 hours at N Street Village. Both Roslyn and Meg  work for the National Association for Home Builders, have called the D.C. area home for many years, and share a passion for family, museums, and giving back. Let’s get to know Roslyn and Meg…..

Roslyn: I was born in Japan, grew up in San Francisco and have lived in D.C. for 21 years.  I have been employed at National Association of Home Builders for 18 years.  I am grandmother of 6 and all of my grand-children reside in California.   While volunteering with Food & Friends another staff member told us about N Street Village. Currently, I volunteer at N Street Village, Food & Friends, The Buddhist Center as a receptionist, and prepare meals at Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church. In the past, I volunteered with St. Anne’s Orphanage and Dress for Success.  Additionally, I love to visit museums and exhibits, and take photographs.

Meg: I was born in Chicago and grew up in a Chicago suburb. I came to D.C. in 1978 to attend American University.  I lived in Toledo, Ohio for a few years, where I had my son, who is now 30 years old.  I also have two stepsons and a stepdaughter.  I am the grandmother of three – two boys, ages 3 and 5 and a 10 month old girl. I moved back to D.C. in 1984 and have worked at National Association of Home Builders almost as long (29 years!).  Roslyn and I also volunteer together for Food & Friends.

Favorite thing about living in DC…
Roslyn: FREE Museums!
Meg: I am fascinated by politics and love the architecture and the museums.

On a Saturday evening you will find me at…
Roslyn: home relaxing
Meg: the movies, if I can talk my husband into it!

When I have free time I most enjoy…
Roslyn: taking photographs throughout the city
Meg: relaxing with a good book

Book you last read…
Roslyn: I am finishing “Garden of Beasts” by Erik Larsen
Meg: “The Art Forger” by B.A. Shapiro

Most played song on your iPod/stereo…
Roslyn: “The Need to Be” by Esther Satterfield
Meg: “What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong

What do you enjoy most about volunteering at N Street Village?
Roslyn: It allows me to give back and reach out to women in need
Meg: Roslyn nailed this one!

Why it is important to support N Street Village?
Roslyn: Because there are too many women living on the fringes that require their services
Meg: Once again, Roslyn nailed this one too!



About nstreetvillage

N Street Village is a community of empowerment and recovery for homeless and low-income women in Washington, D.C. With comprehensive services addressing both emergency and long-term needs, we help women achieve personal stability and make gains in their housing, income, employment, mental health, physical health, and addiction recovery.
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