Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, Kelly’s heart is in Uganda, South Africa where she works to help students at the Unified for UNIFAT school.
Hometown: Cincinnati, OH
Future Plans: Micro-finance and/or micro-lending in South Africa
“I knew Chestnut Hill was right for me when I arrived for my campus visit. Everyone was so friendly and genuinely interested in my future, I knew this was the kind of nurturing community I wanted to be a part of. As a senior looking back, I can say that my instinct was spot on. From faculty and coaches to fellow students, I am supported in class, on the fields and in my academic, athletic and personal pursuits.
On campus I started a club called UNIFIED for UNIFAT (U4U). After seeing the movie Invisible Children, about Ugandan children being abducted and forced to become child soldiers and sex slaves, I had to get involved. Through my hometown media, I was introduced to a woman who had started s school in Northern Uganda called The UNIFAT School. I was so moved by her story that I coordinated an initiative to sponsor ten of their students at $300 per child.
With the support of my fellow students at CHC, what started with ten children several years ago has grown into a full-fledged non-profit organization that sponsors over 120 children. We have over 90 CHC students who contribute their time and resources to U4U. This is my life and I am so thankful to be able to share it with everyone at Chestnut Hill College.”