Engaging young adults in transformative mission to inspire a lifetime of caring
JT Davis
From: Wilmington, NC
Work Site: Haywood St. Congregation

I recently graduated from Presbyterian College with a Bachelor of Arts in Music and a Bachelor of Arts in English with a concentration in Creative Writing. Through this year of service, I seek to draw closer to God through service to others. Serving others has always been important to me, and I am excited to have this opportunity. As well, I intend to use this time to think on and explore the many different transitional periods of my life I am currently going through.I play various instruments including the piano and guitar for fun! 

Meredith Hammerslag
From: Walton, NY
Worksite: AHOPE Day Center

My home town of less than 4000 people is nestled in the Catskill mountains. I traveled to Oneonta, NY 25 miles north to get my Bachelors degree at SUNY Oneonta in Anthropology. I love to sing as well as play the viola with groups in my community, and sewing is a hobby that the women in my family all share. I am a excited to be a YAV in Asheville this coming year to learn about the pace and people in anther area of the country, as well as continuing to discover God’s will upon my life. 
Deanna McDonnell
From: Taylor, MI
Worksite: Habitat for Humanity

I attended Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti and graduated in April 2019 with a degree in Elementary Education with minors in Reading and Language Arts. I celebrated my 25th birthday in July and m y favorite hobbies are scrapbooking, swimming, hanging out with friends and Tae Kwon Do. I currently have a second degree black belt! I love working with the nursery and Sunday school programs at my church and am excited about my year here and for my year of service.
Thomas (Tony) Schaufler
From: College Park, PA
Worksite: The Welcome Home Project

I am 18 years old and hail from State College, PA. I am a member of the Pine Grove Presbyterian Church and am very active in the State College Presbyterian Church as well. I live on a 12 1/2 acre farm where we raise poultry and grow vegetables to sell at a local farmers market. We also grow crops, like pumpkins and sunflowers! I recently returned from a mission trip in Kenya and hope to return one day soon. In my free time I play a variety of instruments, including the viola and mandolin.

We are entering our second year of partnership with Brooks-Howell Retirement Home . The Asheville YAVs live among independent residents and complete service with the activities staff in order to better connect with these retired missionaries. The intergenerational learning between our volunteers and the residents has been even more impactful than we could have dreamed and we are happy to be calling Brooks-Howell home again this year!

Speaking of homes, if you are interested in opening up yours to host the new YAVs for a meal or some coffee please send us an email !
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