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Artists Striving To End Poverty Inc
October 8, 2009

I went to Bangalore, India two summers ago to volunteer at the Shanti Bhavan School through ASTEP. It continues to be one of the most pivotal experiences of my life. The time I spent there opened my eyes to a world that I had never seen or been exposed to before. There are no words to describe the impact that the children I met and worked with at Shanti Bhavan had on my life. And it would have never been possible without the help of ASTEP. ASTEP is like no other non profit, in that they do not charge young artists, such as myself, to pursue a calling for overseas outreach. When I was looking into international outreach, I looked into many organizations. ASTEP was the ONLY organization that didn't charge me thousands of dollars (not including plane fare) to go and help others globally. In face, ASTEP gave me a list of ways to fundraise the only money I would need to go...my plane fare. I was able to raise the money I needed to travel without a huge dent in my wallet. I also had the honor of working at shanti Bhavan with Mary Mitchell Campbell, the founder of ASTEP. Mary Mitchell is undoubtedly one of the most incredible and inspiring people that i have ever met. With a career blooming on Broadway, she continues to focus all that she has on ASTEP and keeping this unique and one of a kind organization alive and thriving.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the way that the staff deals with me individually and I can see the volunteers become more active members of the organization, volunteering so much of their time to help.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

committed and willing to donate huge amoutns of time and energy to helping ASTEP continue to grow.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I traveled to Bangalore, India to volunteer at the Shanti Bhavan School.