Melissa J. Voss ’11 of Orland Park, Illinois, said she was shocked when she received a call from Pete Hamstra, vice president for admissions and marketing, about an unexpected opportunity. Said Voss, “I was hoping for something new this year!”
The opportunity? Voss has been chosen to serve as a youth board member of the Christian Reformed World Relief Committee, the relief and development arm of the Christian Reformed Church.
Voss is one of two students nominated by their schools and selected to represent their respective colleges. As a newly elected board member, Voss will be attending the annual CRWRC conference in February in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
“The main goal for youth members is to be ‘the eyes and ears’ for CRWRC on the college campus,” said Voss. “We will identify ways in which students are most excited to work and reach out to those in need. CRWRC wants to increase the support from the younger generation and is looking for new ideas and ways that will promote this.”
Voss plans to work with Trinity committees and organizations to explore ideas for partnering with CRWRC, which could provide students with even more opportunities to serve others.
“While promoting CRWRC opportunities, it will be interesting to learn where I can help personally,” said Voss.
Voss is a double major in special education and elementary education as well as a member of the track and field team. Her sisters Michelle L. ’10 and Allison ’12 also attend Trinity.