March Volunteer Spotlight Lily Sehn

untitledThis month, get to know N Street Village volunteer, Lily Sehn. Lily began her service at N Street Village in August of 2014 to fulfill a desire to serve an organization supporting women in her local community. Lily serves breakfast, picks-up a weekly bread donation, and is an active member of N Street Village’s Impact Committee. Let’s get to know Lily…

I moved to DC almost four years ago for graduate school at American University. I now work at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and live not too far from N Street Village in Logan Circle. I got involved with N Street through an Impact Committee wine tasting event almost 2 year years ago, and have been on the committee helping to plan events ever since. I do a regular bread pick-up from Whole Foods some Thursday mornings, and I try to serve breakfast and lunch in the Day Center when my schedule allows. In addition to volunteering at N Street Village, I also volunteer with the Crisis Text Line, which is a relatively new text-messaging based hotline. In my downtime, I’m an avid bruncher and I’m training to run the Cherry Blossom 10 miler for the first time in April.

Where are you from originally and how long have you lived in the DC area? I like to consider myself a local girl. I grew up in Middleburg, VA, which is just over an hour outside DC. My parents have a little farm where I grew up helping my dad raise sheep as a hobby. My parents would bring me into DC all the time to visit museums and go to great restaurants, which has influenced both my love of art and food.

What is your favorite D.C. restaurant? I have too many favorites to name just one… but you can never go wrong with a great pizza from Ghibellina or Etto. Oyamel is also a favorite—they have the best freshly made guacamole.

On a Saturday evening you will find me…It depends on how busy my week has been! There is an equal chance of finding me out catching up with friends over drinks on 14th street, or at home relaxing. I also go out to Middleburg every few weeks to see my parents and my dog, Lola, on the farm.

What is the last movie you watched (and enjoyed)? I watch a lot of documentaries, especially about art and fashion. One of my favorites recently is “Iris” which is a biographical documentary about Iris Apfel. She has the greatest style and attitude–I can only hope to be half as confident and stylish when I’m in my 90’s!

What is your favorite D.C. landmark? My favorite place in all of DC is the Botanic Garden Conservatory over by the Capitol. I especially love the orchids. There are so many different and beautiful kinds of orchids. I just wish I was better at growing them at home so I could enjoy the flowers all the time… improving my green thumb is definitely on my goal list for 2016.

Describe N Street Village in 3 words or less. Welcoming energetic community.

What do you enjoy most about volunteering at N Street Village? I first became involved with N Street because I was looking for ways to further connect with the community around me, and have always been committed to supporting women’s organizations. I love how welcoming the Village is, whether it’s the clients when I serve breakfast, or Impact Committee members when we meet to plan a fundraiser. Not to mention the staff! Heidi and everyone else that I’ve worked with are all so dedicated to what they do. I’m so proud to be a part of such an amazing community, and I find myself talking about N Street to anyone who will listen!

What makes N Street Village unique to you? The energy and enthusiasm of the clients who find solace here, and the amazing network of supporters across DC and elsewhere. N Street Village is an incredible organization that continues to enhance and improve the lives of so many, including myself.

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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