Volunteer Spotlight: Abby Kawola
September 12, 2018 by Kathy
Written by Christine Diaz
Abby Kawola made her mark on The Umbrella’s marketing efforts this summer. Starting with us as an intern in May, Abby quickly became a busy member of the marketing team. Majoring in English with a minor in Irish Studies at Boston College, Abby put her writing and communication skills to work for our Musketaquid Arts & Environment program.
Abby has kept our social media presence on Facebook and Instagram brimming with news over the busy summer months. She posted about the importance of community art and nature education, our summer camps as well as slipped in a couple of updates about her friend and colleague Albus, our snake. She also wrote press releases, wonderful articles about our teachers and managed the events calendar.
Going into her final semester at BC this fall, Abby is continuing part-time at The Umbrella. She knows that she’s gaining valuable experience and loves seeing firsthand how our non-profit organization is making a difference in here in the local community.
One particularly memorable day for Abby at The Umbrella was visiting the Ninjas in Nature summer camp. Ninjas in Nature teaches kids about awareness, movement, survival skills, stealth and camouflage, fire skills, and the art of the ninja. It was here she saw The Umbrella’s impact on the community come to life. She watched the kids having an amazing day engaging directly with nature, its elements, and their peers without the usual tech gadgets in hand.
To Abby, The Umbrella is a special place, one that welcomed her and where she knows her contribution is valued, stating, “The work I’m doing is really important and making a difference in the community”.
Her supervisor Nancy is thrilled to have a few more months of Abby’s help as she closes out her final months in college.
“Abby is a joy to work with! She writes beautifully, takes initiative, and is thorough and detailed in her approach to marketing materials. She’s also a lot of fun and likes our snake, Albus!”