Claire was raised in Naperville, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. In the spring she graduated from Boston College with degrees in Applied Psychology and English while minoring in Theology. She is excited to explore the West Coast in Ventura, California for the next year. Claire will continue exploring her interests in theology by assisting in the Campus Ministry department at Villanova Preparatory High School. This summer she walked 800 kilometers along the Camino de Santiago in Spain and is excited to continue her faith journey during this year of service.
I, Claire Erlenborn, commit myself to be an Augustinian Volunteer, to approach every encounter with positivity and love during this year of ministering to others.
Share one of your favorite quotes.
“I did then what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better.” -Maya Angelou
How did you develop a passion for service?
During my time in college I took a class that was focused on service learning. This theology course involved a combination of classroom work and service in the greater Boston area and through this I met some of the most wonderful people. While working at a non-profit I was able to see that some of the hardest work, serving the less fortunate, can also be the most rewarding and started looking for opportunities involving longer terms of service.
Name one of your favorite musical artists.
What’s a favorite book of yours or a recent book you’ve read?
“Infinite Jest” by David Foster Wallace
Share an issue you’re passionate about and explain why.
This year I really want to focus on sustainability and reduction of waste by using reusable and eco-friendly materials. After spending some time overseas it baffles me how much more waste we produce in America. Whether it be avoiding plastic bags at grocery stores, taking shorter showers, or walking when possible, I hope to become a better steward of this Earth we have been blessed with.
Best moment as an AV to date?
Driving through the mountains of Ojai.
What do you like most about living in your new city so far?
The diverse nature of the city from affluence to poverty, that comes about in a coastal town, that also has a large farming economy and the opportunities for encounters that it allows.
One word that describes your community-living experience is…