Allison Mercer stumbled upon Dogs on Deployment (DOD) through Instagram. The nonprofit organization connects military members who are deployed or have service commitments with volunteers who will board and care for their pets. Knowing that this concern had prevented her own husband from getting a dog, Mercer immediately reached out to get involved.
When Lily Lizama-Rodas uttered her first words, it paved the way to her major, her extracurricular activities, her volunteer work, and, quite possibly, her career. However, it’s not what she said, but how she said it—in Spanish. Lizama-Rodas grew up in Chambersburg, speaking Spanish with her Guatemalan mother. She first learned English in elementary school.
Whether teaching her second-grade class in south-central Pennsylvania or delivering new books to some of the poorest regions of Peru, Emily (Hutchison) Trace ’10 has a passion for helping children learn. Trace is the co-founder of Project Open Arms (POA), a nonprofit organization based in Chambersburg, that provides resources and volunteers for schools in the world’s poorest countries. The organization places special emphasis on Peru.