PASTA is one of the largest student-run non-profit organizations in metro Washington DC. The organization is committed to helping the community by providing meaningful volunteer opportunities where members learn how to run volunteer programs, research the needs of their peers, and take action to fill the needs of various community groups. PASTA’s first-ever leadership summit, themed “Live Out Your Brand," delved into the crucial role of personal branding in paving the way towards a successful collegiate and career pathway for today’s emerging young leaders.
Charlotte Thompson is an up-and-coming influencer and brand advocate for Civicom Marketing Research Services, as well as Feathers Project. She was among the invited speakers who shared their personal branding experience to over 100 PASTA members in attendance. Thompson has been building her personal brand 'Charlotte From Chicago' as a social media influencer on travel and motivational speaking throughout her collegiate experience and continues in this role as a business professional.
As an Associate Account Manager with Civicom Marketing Research Services, a global leader in providing telephone, web-enabled, and mobile solutions to market researchers, Charlotte participates in supporting the needs of a select group of clients that turn repeatedly to Civicom Marketing Research Services for facilitation of their market research projects. She also actively advocates for Feathers Project, a non-profit organization funded by companies Civicom® and TeamSpan™ that bridges distant families through enabling donors to directly sponsor a family or individual they meet by way of two-way, web-enabled technology, allowing direct charity to happen from the donor-sponsor to the recipient. Feathers provides meaningful and revolutionary charitable giving for both sponsor and beneficiary families.
"The PASTA summit has allowed me to speak about my passion for helping others and how I found a career that allows me to help others for a living. I was able to inspire high school students that their passions can become their professions - as Feathers has been for me."
About Peers and Students Taking Action (PASTA)
PASTA is a 501(c)(3) that addresses the many issues that young individuals in the community face by giving youth of all ages meaningful volunteer opportunities that they are passionate about. The organization is completely student-run and currently has 12 chapters throughout Loudoun County, Virginia. PASTA has over 80 committed members, over 12 partners, and has completed hundreds of truly meaningful, impactful, volunteer projects.
PASTA offers many enviable programs for community support. Two include the ‘Nothing’s ImPASTAble’ program, where PASTA provides free tutoring/mentoring where they match 3rd-6th graders with a high school tutor. All tutors have been approved, trained, and equipped with a tutoring success kit. PASTA also offers ‘Families in Crisis,’ where the main focus is on providing free mentorship, tutoring, babysitting, friendship programs, requested items, or tribute programs. Through Families in Crisis, support has been provided for house fires, childhood illnesses, parent illness support for kids, loss of family members, and impending homelessness.
Any student, parent, or partner interested in starting a PASTA chapter, can take the first step of finding 4-8 students who want to join in creating a group.
More information can be found at their website: https://wearepasta.org/.
With the use of technology, Feathers Project is revolutionizing the way people do charity. With Feathers Project, sponsors from all over the world and beneficiaries from a developing country are connected online in a virtual meeting, via a web conference. This virtual meeting enables donors and their sponsored family to learn more about each other — allowing natural human connection to occur.
Feathers Project seeks out the poorest of the poor using a rigorous 7-step vetting process. Sponsorship through Feathers Project allows donors to help the less-fortunate, while also creating an environment in which the sponsor can gain a meaningful understanding of what it is like to live in extreme poverty in another culture, and while having the chance to lift up a family or individual through the spirit of giving, combined into one experience without leaving the donor/sponsor leaving own home or incurring any travel expenses.
Feathers Project is powered by Buy-it-Forward companies Civicom and TeamSpan, whose Buy-it-Forward donations cover Feathers Project's day-to-day expenses including administrative and bank fees, enabling all donor sponsorships to go directly to the families or individuals who are the charity’s recipients. Feathers Project facilitates the 100% transfer of the sponsor’s $45/month donation directly to the sponsor’s beneficiary.
More Information on Feathers Project can be found at http://www.feathersproject.org/.
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