Hi Oles!

My name is Mary Haasl and I will be St. Olaf’s Volunteer Network Coordinator this upcoming year! I am so stoked about what this year will bring, and I can’t wait to return to the hill in September!

This summer I’ve been a bit all over the place. I spent most of June interviewing St. Olaf Alum as a researcher for the Great Discovery Project. It has honestly been one of my favorite jobs…who doesn’t love going to coffee shops around the cities and chatting with Oles about their lives?
After living in St. Paul for a month, I traveled back to Ireland with my family and hung out in a cottage, visiting Galway, castles, and other tourist-y sites. I have since moved down to Iowa City to work at the University of Iowa’s Legal Clinic, completing research for immigration and international human rights cases. Getting past the seemingly endless drive through cornfields, I have really enjoyed my experience and have loved getting to know Iowa City!

As the Volunteer Network Coordinator, I will be working with my wonderful committee to help provide resources and support to the 30+ volunteer orgs on campus. It is our job to not only provide funding for our orgs, but also make students aware of the volunteer opportunities there are on and off-campus. We hope to establish VN as a branch that helps students find their passions through community engagement and learning.

I am most excited about providing more collaboration events, both with Carleton, our own orgs, and our community partners. Through collaboration, we can connect over significant issues and continue to make a strong difference in our community.
***Also, as a side note, keep an eye out for our VN pamphlet this fall, the one-stop place to go when looking for what org fits your interests.

If you have any questions or suggestions, are interested in starting an org, or are looking for volunteer opportunities that match your interests, feel free to stop by the OSA office (BC107) or email me at haasl@stolaf.edu.

I can’t wait to see you all back on the hill soon!