“My favorite part of fundraising,” she says, “is hearing the stories that brought people to the point of being passionate about making our community more welcoming.”
Spending a semester in Ghana, and especially her internship in a domestic violence shelter, gave Abby a taste of profound welcome, but she’s really been living it her whole life. “My family was always intentional about inviting people in,” she says. “We usually had college students or family friends living in our basement and had a ‘community meal’ once a week. My parents showed my brothers and me what it looks like to invite people into your own messiness.”
Abby spends a lot of her free time at the beck and call of Luna the Labradoodle, and drinks at least two cups of tea a day. Blow-your-mind random fact about her? Her great-great-grandfather had 7 wives and 63 children.