Niagara Gazette

November 19, 2012

Lew-Port grad seeks funds for volunteer trip

Staff reports
Niagara Gazette

Niagara Gazette — Meghan K. Carney, a 1996 Lew-Port High School graduate, who now  works as an attorney at the Practising Law Institute in Manhattan, is seeking to raise funds to volunteer her time and services on a three-week volunteer program in New Delhi, India with Cross-Cultural Solutions.

Meghan is volunteering with CCS, a non-profit organization that operates volunteer programs from 1 to 12 weeks in Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe, and Latin America. With the reinvigorated spirit of service and fresh dedication to international volunteering apparent around the world, organizations such as CCS make volunteering overseas possible for people interested in short-term experiences.

“People are looking to gain real-world experience and make a positive impact on the world,” said CCS Director of Communications Kam Santos. “Our programs connect people from different countries and cultures to meet that desire to be the change—volunteers work side-by-side with local people who provide education, health, and social services to underserved communities.”

Meghan is looking to raise $3,068 before she leaves for India on Dec. 13  for her three-week volunteer program. This amount goes toward the coordination of her volunteer placement, education on the culture and issues facing the community, lodging at a CCS Home-Base, all meals and bottled water, in-country transportation, experienced and professional support staff, local and incoming international phone calls, a 24-hour emergency hotline, and comprehensive travel medical insurance.

“The world is facing challenging times and I want to do my part to help make a difference while learning about global issues,” Carney said.  “Understanding the perspectives of people overseas is critical and I am excited to become an international volunteer this winter to give back.”

Founded in 1995, the mission of CCS is to operate volunteer programs around the world in partnership with sustainable community initiatives, bringing people together to work side-by-side while sharing perspectives and fostering cultural understanding. Each year, over 4,000 people volunteer abroad with CCS.

“The experience of volunteering abroad truly emphasizes our shared humanity, and the appreciation you gain for other people and cultures is profound,” Santos said. “It’s definitely a socially responsible way to travel and learn about life overseas. But it’s also an opportunity for self-reflection, to learn how we can individually take action on global issues.”

For more information on how to help sponsor Meghan’s volunteer abroad mission, you can access her personal fundraising website by visiting and entering her last name.