Meet The Volunteers-Matthew
Meet The Volunteers - MATTHEW
- Age: 22
- Nationality: American
- Town / City: Manchester
- Placement(s): Faiths4Change and University of Manchester Catholic Chaplaincy
A little about me...
My name is Matthew Brazzolotto and I am from Birmingham, Alabama, USA. I am a recent graduate of Spring Hill College, a Jesuit school in Mobile, Alabama. At Spring Hill, I received a bachelor’s degree in theology. I am very passionate about service and justice issues. I enjoy travel, exotic food, reading, American football, politics, theology, and spending time with my family and friends.
Why Vincentian Volunteers ...
During my final year of college (university), I was considering doing a year of service. As I was looking through the Catholic Volunteer Network magazine, I came across the Vincentian Volunteers. I was immediately interested! I knew that I might want to go abroad for a year of service, and this seemed like an amazing program with amazing opportunities. I began emailing Marion in October of 2016 with questions about the program. I am thankful to have been accepted to this program!
My Projects ...
I live in Liverpool and have two different places. Three days a week, I work at Faiths4Change, which is a faith-based community organization based in Liverpool. At Faiths4Change, we do various wellbeing projects in different communities throughout Merseyside, as well as parts of Greater Manchester. For the first few months, I have spent a good deal of my time at Faiths4Change working on Turning the Tables, which is an upcycling project. We have weekly sessions where participants can learn upcycling skills, particularly focused on furniture. These sessions are a wonderful way of creating community between people. My second placement is at Manchester Universities Catholic Chaplaincy. While my main focus there is the Society of Vincent de Paul (SVP), I am getting involved with many other projects including the Manchester Central Foodbank, Manchester Citizens, and Empowerment+. All of these projects are based out of the chaplaincy.
My Highlights ...
Having so many highlights, it is difficult to only name a few. However, I will try my best! I have so much enjoyed getting to know the people whom I have come in contact with during my time here thus far. Whether they are co-workers or people whom I meet as part of my service, I am so thankful for them! I am also very thankful for my fellow Vincentian Volunteers. Three months into the program, we have already made so many great memories together. These are things that I will never forget. We are already planning some of our visits to one another’s home countries!