The S’well team works daily to create products and a culture that makes the world a better place. But so do many of our team members, who go above and beyond, spending their time outside the office giving back and doing good. We’re proud to share these stories here in our People With Purpose column, and hope they inspire you as much as they do us. Next up, Custom Project Lead, Alexandra Campbell.
Q: Tell us about a recent experience that felt purposeful to you.
A: For years I have volunteered at organizations aimed to lessen the disparities between students from different socio-economic backgrounds. I’ve helped with homework, provided confidential counseling, designed art projects, and engaged with progress discussions with parents to take what we’ve worked on into the home environment. Most recently I’ve volunteered at a local church with children from my community in Harlem, helping them with homework, playing with them and providing them with dinner. The children are able to come to the program excited to review their week’s assignments while sharing a meal with the volunteers. Arriving every week to the eager familiar faces warms a spot in my heart.
Q: What inspired you about this experience?
A:There are so many children in New York City, as well as many other cities in the country and world, who lack access to good role models. As a youth I remember all of the support that I received from my family. This support allowed me to flourish and guided me into the independent Latina woman that I am today. I want to pay it forward – even if only once per week – so that one day, these children can become empowered, self-sufficient contributing members of society as well.
Q: What program(s) do you support? Why?
A: In addition to my work with children I’ve always been an avid lover of dogs. For the last year I’ve been fostering dogs who arrive to NYC from high kill shelters. It brings me so much joy to see the hope in animals’ eyes. These are animals who have lived without any hope for a future. Doing my part to support them during their transitions to Forever Homes is a growing and learning experience for both myself and the animals.
Q: What does purpose mean to you? Or what tips do you have for living a purposeful life?
A: To me, one’s purpose is an arrow. It can point in a variety or directions but always acts as a driving force forward.
Q: What would you like to do or do you plan to do next that is full of purpose?
A: In the future, I hope to play a more active role as a driving force towards actionable initiatives to enhance the lives of people and animals. I would love to work with service animals in a setting that trains and supervises support animals for children with chronic illnesses.