VolunteerLocal Field Expert: Swanee Astrid

Swanee Astrid

Boulder, ColoradoSwanee

“Something truly given not just of your time, but of your heart can never be taken away. In my strange little¬†corner of the world I see how much each of us gives to our sense of democracy and justice and equality through the time and space we share to come together; I am reminded of how much passion there is in the world and am validated in my own existence by this unity.”

What do you love about your hometown?

If I told you, you’d probably want to move here.

Tell us about your unique perspective when it comes to volunteer coordination.

I have been a volunteer for many occasions from parking at Renaissance fairs as a teenager to venue managing at major festivals as an adult. A lot of volunteer work occurs through my coordinator position at Naropa University with the student body and curricular events. As a community organizer in the writing community I host a regular series and am spearheading a mentorship program for queer youth with a therapeutic services non-profit, Queer Asterisk.

What is your favorite hobby or activity outside of work:

Cooking is a regular practice and one of my life passions. Also aikido & archery– I especially wish I had more time for these!

Who is your favorite musical artist?

Anne Waldman who is not techinically a musician, but if you have ever seen her perform you know she is a rockstar and her rendition of Jaguar Harmonics & Gimme Shelter” at the Jack Kerouac School is in my book of memories I’ll remember when I curtains close”

Where would your friends find you on a typical Friday night?

Holding an arts salon among our friends group, appreciating each others explorations in creativity while enjoying mixed drinks, delicious food, ultimately always dancing.

kaylee@volunteerlocal.com

Kaylee Williams is the President of VolunteerLocal, a volunteer scheduling, management and communication platform for organizations of all types and sizes. Williams is passionate about community service and inclusion (diversity) in tech. She is a triathlete, volunteer coach for Girls on the Run, bass guitar player and homebrewer.