Cale Colosimo began working as a communications volunteer with InStepp Inc. in July 2015. He embarked on this first-time volunteer activity to gain more experience in writing and social media. Over the past five months, Cale has made regular contributions to the InStepp blog. He says that his volunteer experience has made him more aware of the direct relationship that an organization like InStepp has with the people it serves. “I see what the organization and the other volunteers are doing, the time and effort being put in to make a difference in peoples’ lives,” he says. “It definitely makes you want to contribute and be a part of something that has a meaningful impact in one’s life.”
Cale , who is a native of North Carolina and has a twin who is 30 minutes older, has lived in the Durham area all his life. He currently works at an engineering company in Raleigh. Considered by his friends to be quiet and laid back, Cale enjoys going to the movies and is currently teaching himself to play guitar.
In addition to blogging, Cale also wrote two articles for InStepp’s quarterly e-newsletter about its pilot Citizenship Program, which was offered in two 12 -week cycles during the summer and fall of 2015. “I’ve attended the citizenship classes and have enjoyed seeing the other volunteers interacting with the men and women who signed up for the classes,” says Cale. “Those who signed up were engaged and putting in the work and the volunteers were eager and active in their teaching.”
Cale’s work with InStepp has helped him learn much about writing, social media, and communications. As a result, he hopes that InStepp will continue with a strong marketing and communications push so that more people learn about its programs and more volunteers sign on to help with those programs.