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My “Why JMF?”: To spread empathy and love for our fellow human beings

“Why JMF?” looks different for every individual. This summer, JMF intern, Aubrey Wiest, was especially instrumental in composing Love Remains resource pieces. Take a look at her “Why JMF?”

As a college student I’m constantly busy, stressed, and overwhelmed. Sometimes it feels like the world is collapsing in on me as I juggle papers and reading assignments, social events and multiple jobs. I’m persistently being asked questions that I do not know the answer to, like why Uranus has so many moons, or the difference between a sonnet and a villanelle.

The one question, however, that I always have an answer for is “why JMF?” There’s an innumerable amount of reasons why I love JMF, and why I spent a summer interning for the Foundation. It’s because I’ve never met a more passionate and kind group of people, or a staff that I would be happy to spend literal hours of 5K prep with. It’s because I’ve always held a preconceived notion of what a nonprofit was, and what it meant to work for one, but JMF exceeded every single one of those expectations. It’s because at the end of the day I realized that I’ve never been more proud of the work I’d done.

My time at the Joseph Maley Foundation was indescribable. It was a place where I learned more about empathy and love for our fellow human beings than I ever had in my day-to-day life, or in the readings that I’d been asked to read for my literature classes.

Interning for JMF helped me grow and learn and love faster and stronger than I ever had before, and I’m eternally grateful for the opportunity that the foundation gave me. I support and love JMF because it’s a foundation that was created by and is still thriving off of the good nature and love of some of the most wonderful people I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting. I support JMF because I believe in the inalienable integrity and value of human life. I support JMF because I believe that the world would be a much better and kinder place if there were more organizations like this one.

Post written by: Aubrey Wiest, JMF Summer 2016 Intern