Thursday, June 6, 2013

Young DGs Spend Summer "Doing Good" in Appalachia

In 2011, Carly Warner, Delta Lambda-Mississippi State, and I, (Melanie Pozuc, Gamma Epsilon-Kent State), met as staff members of a non-profit organization called Mountain T.O.P. The Tennessee Outreach project, fondly known as Mountain T.O.P., aims to meet needs of the Cumberland sector of Appalachia not just physically, but also socially, emotionally, and spiritually.

Mountain TOP has numerous programs that help to accomplish this including Youth Summer Ministry, Adults In Ministry, Spring Break Out, and numerous children’s programs. Carly and I have worked specifically with the Youth Summer Ministry for the past three years, taking on new positions with greater responsibilities each summer. Serving in this capacity has allowed us to not only encourage campers and fellow staff to serve selflessly but also to live out Mountain T.O.P.’s key philosophy of becoming “fishers of people.”

In our chapters, Carly and I have both held CMT positions: Carly as the VP of Foundations for Delta Lambda in 2011 and I am the current chapter president of Gamma Epsilon. Throughout our time on the mountain, we have grown as individuals, leaders, friends, and sisters. It’s no surprise that two people living out the values that Delta Gamma instilled in us would be brought together by the opportunity to “Do Good.” This experience has instilled in us the importance of servant leadership, an idea that encompassed our leadership styles and will help strengthen our chapters.

We would love to see more Delta Gamma sisters on the mountain to join us in “Doing Good”!

For more information on Mountain T.O.P and how to get involved, click

Melanie Pozuc, Gamma Epsilon-Kent State, attends Kent State University. She is majoring in Applied Conflict Management and minoring in Pre-Law and Non-Profit Studies. She plans on attending law school after graduating in Spring of 2014. Melanie currently serves as the chapter president for Gamma Epsilon-Kent State.

Carly Warner, Delta Lambda-Mississippi State, recently graduated Summa Cum Laude from Mississippi State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a focus in Management. Her future plans are not yet concrete, but she plans on pursuing a career in corporate giving.

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