Travis Vermulm grew up in Cut Bank, Montana in the northwestern highline area of the large state. He traveled 105 miles south east to attend the University of Great Falls in Great Falls, Montana. It is now called the University of Providence. He was an English major with a minor in Philosophy. Travis will be serving in Philadelphia at the Augustinian Defenders of the Rights of the Poor. He is most looking forward to growing closer to his community members and serving God by expressing love to the poor.
I, Travis Vermulm, commit myself to be an Augustinian Volunteer, to answer a call from the lord towards continuing service to the creation.
Share one of your favorite quotes.
“The mark of an educated mind is to entertain a thought without accepting it.” – Aristotle
How did you develop a passion for service?
Volunteering at an incredibly impoverished elementary school in Great Falls, Montana led me to pursue any service project I could find. I had done service projects for my local community before, but until working with those children I did not put it at the focus of my life. I thank the Providence Formation Program and Whittier Elementary for teaching me.
Name one of your favorite musical artists.
What’s a favorite book of yours or a recent book you’ve read?
Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom
Share an issue you’re passionate about and explain why.
Mental Health and Suicide Awareness. I have known many people who struggle with contemplation of suicide and many who failed in that fight. I want to do all in my power to reduce the number of people who take their own lives.
Best moment as an AV to date?
The scavenger hunt with my Philly community members. This was the first time we got to have really in-depth conversations and learn who we all were on a base level.
What do you like most about living in your new city so far?
I love the area I work in (South Philadelphia). It is very neighborly; all the people know each other even in such a large area and every business I go into has some great story behind it and is open and friendly. I like having that little piece of home here on the other side of the country.
One word that describes your community-living experience is…