During their four years at Centre College, 85 percent of students engage in a variety of community service activities that often shape their career paths in years to come. This is certainly true for three alumni—Josh Blair ’11, Amber Lyvers ’10 and Mya Price ’13—who have followed their passion for community service from Centre to Feeding America, the nation’s largest anti-hunger response organization.
Blair (above, left) first connected with the non-profit when he received the Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellowship and began working on Feeding America’s policy team.
“As someone who is passionate about social justice issues, I was drawn to work at an organization that is making such a visible impact in the fight to end hunger,” he says.
He now serves as a program capacity associate at Feeding America’s Chicago headquarters.
“I help build capacity to execute programs that feed targeted populations, such as kids and seniors, through peer-to-peer learning in Feeding America’s network of 200 food banks and more than 60,000 feeding programs,” Blair explains.
Several of those food banks are located in Kentucky, including Feeding America Kentucky’s Heartland in Elizabethtown, where Lyvers (right) is the Development Director.
Lyvers says she was interested in the position because she wanted to make a difference in her community.
“I had been wanting to get into the non-profit sector for a while,” Lyvers explains. “This job allows me to give back to others and help those who need assistance, which is something I am passionate about.”
Price (above, right) works with another one of Feeding America’s food banks, God’s Pantry Food Bank in Lexington, Ky., where she was placed as a member of the organization’s Child Hunger Corps. As part of her position, she assesses child hunger needs throughout the state and implements feeding programs accordingly.
Price says that serving as a mentor at Sunrise Children Services during her time at Centre allowed her to “find her passion” for working with non-profit organizations.
“After receiving my undergraduate degree in Anthropology/Sociology, I knew I wanted my career path to begin in the non-profit sector,” she explains. “I also knew I wanted to interact with children and give back to my community and the state of Kentucky in some capacity.”
Blair says his time as a Bonner Scholar and a member of the Centre Action Reaches Everyone (CARE) board “challenged” him to “deepen his commitment to service and civic engagement.”
“Over the course of my time at Centre, I found myself shifting toward classes that would greatly inform my time serving in the Bonner community and allowed me to really understand the effects of volunteerism on communities,” he explains.
All three attribute their success to the classes they took and activities they participated in while at Centre.
“I am fully committed to anti-poverty and anti-hunger justice work, and it is because of the foundation of knowledge, critical thinking, and sincerity I learned at Centre,” Blair says.
by Hayley Hoffman ‘16
June 5, 2014