2020-2021 Volunteers

Ellen Blackmer

Ellen is from Forest Lake, MN and received degrees in Spanish Education and Philosophy from Saint Mary’s University in May 2020. 

Site placement: Holy Name School- Catholic Partnership Schools

Why Ellen chose RdC: I was inspired to serve with RdC because of the focus on relationship and community over an ‘I help you’ mentality to service. Initially I envisioned myself living out this mission in Ecuador, but the mission itself has no restrictions to location. And so, I look forward to living out the philosophy of presence in and with the community of Camden, NJ at the Romero Center. 

Ashley Richard 

Ashley is from Haverhill, MA and graduated from The Catholic University of America in May 2019 with a B.S. in Biology, B.A. in Spanish, and certificates in Spanish for Health Care and Latin American Studies. This past year she was a volunteer with RdC in Arbolito.

Site placement: St. Cecilia School- Catholic Partnership Schools

Why Ashley chose RdCI felt called to volunteer in Camden from the experience of living out my faith through service with Rostro in Ecuador, the meaningful relationships with neighbors and partners, and the life and legacy of St. Oscar Romero. I decided to volunteer in Camden as a way to live in community again with fellow volunteers to seek intentional relationships of faith and solidarity with the greater Camden community. Through this experience, I hope to learn about the reality of poverty that our brother and sisters face in the United States, our own backyard, and recommit myself to social and racial justice to carry out this work beyond my volunteer years. 

Maggie Sheehan

Maggie is from Cincinnati, OH and graduated from University of Dayton in December 2018 with a B.A. in Psychology. She is a former Glenmary volunteer, and spent the past year as an RdC volunteer in Monte Sinaí. 

Site placement: Neighborhood Center

Why Maggie chose RdC: I was inspired to continue serving with RdC because of the ways my faith was both challenged and strengthened throughout my time in Ecuador. I have so much gratitude for the joy, hope, and Christ-like love I’ve experienced with our Ecuadorian neighbors, and I am excited about the opportunity to continue living Rostro’s mission in Camden.

Sophie Tallarida

Sophie is from Mansfield, MA and graduated from Saint Joseph’s University in May 2019 with a B.A. in Communications. This past year she was a volunteer with RdC in Arbolito. 

Site placement: Neighborhood Center

Why Sophie chose Rdc: My time in Ecuador inspired me in many ways to want to continue serving in Camden. A service of presence allowed me to form meaningful connections in Ecuador, being with people through the happiness and the hardships and experiencing these moments together. Having the opportunity to continue this in Camden is something that guided me into choosing to volunteer another year. I’m looking forward to carrying my experiences from Ecuador and practicing the mission of Rostro with the Romero Center domestically in Camden.