First Assignment! The New Intern

Last night I finally turned in my first assignment for Simply the Basics. I was so intimidated by this assignment, and all I had to do was answer questions about myself and my interest in the program. Anywho, here is what I submitted:

Interview for Blog

Meet Phylicia!

Feel free to skip questions or add your own!

– What is your role with Simply the Basics?
I am Simply Basics’ new Program Assistant!

– How did you first learn about Simply the Basics? What drew you to the program?
I heard about Simply the Basics through a friend and was curious. I knew I wanted to get involved with women’s advocacy and with an organization that empowers people, and this seemed like the perfect fit. One look through its website confirmed that Simply the Basics is all about setting people up for success. It empowers people, shelters, and organizations by providing basic needs and by offering workshops that help people build for themselves a solid foundation for future success. I think what stood out to me most was its efficiency; this is a program that saw a problem and developed a solution that would benefit everyone involved, by involving everyone!

– Which Simply the Basics program do you feel the most passionately about and why?
My passion has always been education. The academy presents people with the opportunity to arm themselves with knowledge. I am a strong believer in the old adage “knowledge is power,” so I was very excited to see the workshops the program offers.

– If you could say one thing to all of the donors and supporters of Simply the Basics, what would it be?
I would tell them that they are literally lifesavers!
[I actually meant to write something else here and apparently failed to fix it in the final version]

– What personal hygiene product could you not live without?
I [literally] could not live without soap. I’m prone to infection so living without soap would be both extremely uncomfortable and potentially very dangerous.

– Are there any particular moments in your life that you can point to as being influential in your desire to give back to the community?
One of my most vivid memories from my first winter in New York is of a person lying on a vent outside of my dormitory. It was after dark and heavily snowing. I couldn’t wrap my mind around the idea of experiencing homelessness in severe weather. I still can’t. Simply the Basics helps ease the discomfort and suffering of people in my community, and I can’t think of a better place to invest my time and energy.

What is a fun fact about yourself?
I’m in a long distance relationship with my dog. His name is Jackson and he is very nice.


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