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Meet Our Spring 2015 Interns

January 21, 2015 | Posted in Uncategorized | By

Nourish is excited to introduce our Spring 2015 intern team!

Hailey Orgass – Chapter Founder Intern

Haley Orgass

Hailey Orgass is a sophomore at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, pursuing a degree in Health Policy and Management through the Gillings School of Public Health. She has a passion for nonprofit organizations and has interned with one other, The Monday Life, in the past. Hailey hopes for this dream to develop into a career, however if it doesn’t, she plans on becoming a physician’s assistant. In her (rare) free time, Hailey loves to go to the beach and work out. She is thrilled to be part of Nourish International’s team!

Sofia Leiva-Enamorado – Chapter Founder Intern

Sofia AlejandraSofia Leiva-Enamorado is a student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill studying Journalism and Economics. She has been very involved in the nonprofit sector working with the American Diabetes Association, the Betic One foundation and the South Durham Farmers Market. She joined Nourish in 2015 as part of the Chapter Founder team. In her spare time, she enjoys baking, traveling, reading and exercising.


Casey Long – Chapter Founder Intern

Casey Long

Casey Long is a sophomore at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is studying Public Relations in the UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Casey’s future career goals include working in the nonprofit sector. Casey is a SMART mentor to a middle-school aged girl and loves spending time crafting and baking with her mentee.  She is also involved with UNC’s Habitat for Humanity Chapter. In her free time Casey likes to craft, listen to music and watch The Office.


Andrew Carlin – Business Consultant Intern

CarlinAndrew_NourishPictureAndrew Carlin is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a double major in Business Administration and Economics. Andrew has had several previous internships before his work at Nourish: he’s done research for Microsoft, valuation work at Porto Leone Consulting, and investment banking at Barclays Capital. On UNC’s campus, Andrew was the president of the Finance Society where he helped other students understand business education and recruiting. Andrew also volunteers for Habitat for Humanity, YMCA, and various 5k’s around the Carolina community. He currently resides in Carrboro, North Carolina and enjoys running, baseball, country music, cooking, and reading. 

Max Wilhem – Business Consultant Intern

Max LinkedIN ShotMax Wilhelm is a Business Consultant for Nourish International this spring, and is also a junior and Economics major at UNC. He grew up in St. Louis, Missouri where he currently resides outside of school. Max became very involved in Varsity Football and Wrestling during high school, and to this day remains active in playing and coaching these activities. In his free time, Max enjoys reading, running, and following professional sports and the financial markets.

Sam Salvesen – Grant Writing Intern

sam salversenSam Salvesen is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill double majoring in Economics and Latin American Studies. He developed an interest in nonprofit work while studying abroad in Brazil for eight months, where he witnessed first-hand the profound inequalities that pervade the country. Sam’s passion for nonprofits was solidified after he spent a month in Guatemala City conducting a socioeconomic survey in the largest informal settlement in Central America (more than 60,000 residents living in a ravine). He is eager to work with Nourish to seek out healthy partnerships with community leaders all over the world with the goal of one day returning to Brazil to start his own social enterprise. In his spare time, he enjoys skateboarding, playing soccer and taking spontaneous trips to the beach.

Julia Hu – Public Relations Intern

DSC_0900Julia Hu is a first year student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, pursuing a degree in Business Administration with a minor in Biology. For the past few years, she worked in Public Relations for Student Government (at her high school and at UNC), which sparked her interest in publicity and graphic design. Now, she is extremely excited to be serving Nourish and helping fulfill its mission in integrating the community to fight poverty.  In her free time, she loves traveling, from China to Poland to Korea. She also enjoys watching movies with her friends, reading, and photography. ​

Tori Plybon – Chapter Support Intern

2014-06-23 18.10.08Tori is a senior at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill majoring in Global Studies with a minor in Religious Studies. She is honored to join the Nourish team as the Chapter Support Intern. After graduation she is moving to Senegal, Africa to learn the language, culture, and history in pursuit of effectively establishing or working for an organization that seeks to eradicate poverty through sustainable economic development. On campus, she worked as a Residential Advisor, mentored students through International Friends, and interned with her campus ministry, Cru. In her spare time, she loves reading, outdoor activities, and traveling.


2014 Impact Report Released!

December 9, 2014 | Posted in Uncategorized | By

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We are delighted to share our 2014 Impact Report capturing the reach of our work to implement 28 sustainable development projects in 12 countries this past year.

Read on Slideshare. 

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Join us in celebrating #GivingTuesday!

December 1, 2014 | Posted in Uncategorized | By

GT-THUNDERCLAPIt is the big day! After Black Friday and Cyber Monday, we’re ready to reclaim to true spirit of the holidays with #GivingTuesday. It’s a simple idea — a global day dedicated to giving back. Charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.

As you find a way for your family, your community, your company or your organization to come together to give something more, we hope you’ll keep Nourish in mind. There are many ways you can give this dot org some dot love!

  1. Donate to our Give the Gift of Nourish All gifts will be matched 1:1 by an anonymous donor up to $40,000. What could be better than making double the impact on extreme poverty?
  1. Join us at our Holiday Jam on December 11 for good music, good times, and a good cause. All proceeds will benefit the Goldstein Fellows Program. Can’t make it? You can still enter to win the 50/50 Cash Raffle. One lucky winner will take home half of the net proceeds from the evening.
  1. Get some of your Holiday shopping out of the way at
  1. Celebrate a loved one with an Honor/Memorial Card in their name.
  1. Share our mission with your friends and loved ones! Giving back to Nourish doesn’t have to mean giving money. Tell someone what Nourish means to you. Take an #UNselfie and share what you’re doing this #GivingTuesday w/ @GivingTues and @nourish_intl on Twitter.

Thank you so much for the love and support on #GivingTuesday and all year long! With your help, we’re using business as a tool for good to implement lasting change in developing communities abroad. Let’s keep pushing for an end to extreme poverty in our lifetime.

Alumni Spotlight: Joyous Joiner

November 24, 2014 | Posted in Uncategorized | By

Nourish Alumna Joyous Joiner Named on POZ Magazine’s 100 under 30!
poz100_joyous_joinerNourish International would like to congratulate one of our outstanding alumni, Joyous Joiner, on her nomination as one of POZ Magazine’s 100 under 30 in 2014.  Every year, POZ Magazine recognizes exceptional young adults who have committed themselves to the fight against the HIV epidemic.  Joiner, a graduate from the University of Tennessee- Knoxville, received the award in part for her participation in a Nourish Project in Masaka, Uganda—where she aided in HIV testing and education—in addition to her numerous commitments to community development.

In 2011, Joiner’ team from the Nourish-UTK Chapter and the University of Georgia Chapter implemented a sustainable agriculture and education project for a Ugandan orphanage with House of Hope, a nonprofit that seeks to nourish and educate children. While on the Project, Joiner and her team also worked with the Volset Foundation to help coordinate HIV testing and education within isolated communities around Lake Victoria.

Joiner says of her time as a Nourish student: “I am really grateful for Nourish International. I learned so much about using entrepreneurship to fund philanthropic work in developing nations.”

Joiner now works for T.R.U.S.T. South LA, an organization that strives to create healthy families and neighborhoods in the South LA region, where she helps implement community development and local revitalization efforts. She has also worked with CD Tech to help plan health and wellness fairs in South LA.

Joiner serves as a true testament to the amazing feats our Nourish students and alumni can and do accomplish every day.  Next fall, Joiner plans to pursue her juris doctorate with a concentration in international law. We wish her the best in all of her endeavors as she continues to embody our mission and be a leader in our movement of change-makers.

What is #GivingTuesday?

November 21, 2014 | Posted in Uncategorized | By

We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. Now, we have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.

It’s a simple idea. Just find a way for your family, your community, your company or your organization to come together to give something more. Then tell everyone you can about how you are giving. #GivingTuesday was founded in 2012 by New York’s 92nd Street Y in partnership with the United Nations Foundation. Together, with a team of influencers and founding partners, they launched a global movement that has engaged more than 10,000 organizations worldwide.

At Nourish, #GivingTuesday can mean many things. All year long, our national office staff and dedicated team of students give back to communities — both the ones we partner with abroad, and the ones right here at home. Whether it’s hosting a Hunger Lunch and donating the leftover food to a neighborhood food bank, volunteering at the local animal shelter, donating to causes we care about, or coaching a youth sports team, the Nourish team seeks to redefine giving every day of the year. We are thrilled that there is now a dedicated day to giving back, and we hope that you will think about ways you can make an impact, both locally and globally. As December 2 nears, we’ll let you know how you can give back to Nourish specifically. In any way you see fit, join us and be a part of a global celebration of a new tradition of generosity!

Leonhardt Pipe Launches Cause Marketing for Nourish

November 18, 2014 | Posted in Uncategorized | By

Leonhardt Pipe and Supply, a family owned and operated business that produces quality fire sprinkler products, fabrication and service, has agreed to donate a portion of their December sales to Nourish International. For each $1000 of sales, Leonhardt Pipe will give Nourish $10, with a goal of providing a $10,000 award.  Thanks Leonhardt Pipe for empowering students to become leaders and to impact poverty in the world. The promotion runs December 1 – 31.

For more information on Leonhardt Pipe, visit


Student Spotlight: Alexis Tavarez

November 18, 2014 | Posted in Uncategorized | By

Alexis Tavarez, Student Board Member, University of Florida


“To me, empowerment is what makes Nourish International a movement and inspires me. It focuses on inspiring people to make big changes on their campuses, in their communities, and in the world. However, what makes Nourish truly unique is that it focuses on capacity building and giving people the resources to better themselves as individuals which collectively can change the world. As a student, being a part of the Nourish movement has prepared me to be a passionate, and globally aware leader prepared to take on the world’s big challenges. I am the leader I am today because of the potential the people at Nourish International saw, and fostered within me.

At the University of Florida we are working diligently to make sustainable change in Indian communities. Currently, we are working on earning funds and training leaders to apply the Nourish values to our project. Our focus is on empowering audacious leaders who are equally prepared to educate, and learn from the communities they will be serving.”
– Alexis Tavarez, University of Florida Chapter of Nourish International 
Alexis is a Junior pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Health Education and Behavior at the University of Florida and will graduate in Spring 2016. After graduation, Alexis hopes to attend graduate school for Occupational Therapy. In her free time, Alexis enjoys cooking, baking, and
bonding with friends.


Student Spotlight: Jared Staley

November 18, 2014 | Posted in Uncategorized | By

Jared Staley, Student Board Member, Ohio State University 

“Nourish International has pushed me to want more out of my life, to do more. Nourish International saw a potential in me that I would have never seen in myself. Nourish has helped me harness my strengths and apply them in a way that creates positive and sustainable global change. Without Nourish I would have never developed into the person I am today.

Nourish International believes in the potential of all people and works to build on that potential. It’s not often that you find an organization that truly believes in the abilities, strengths, and visions of students. Nourish does. Nourish sees students and people from small villages as changemakers and future global leaders. Not only that, but Nourish allows students and small communities to have a voice in how to overcome their obstacles. Nourish International empowers people to change their fate, to improve their own lives.
Nourish at Ohio State has been working diligently on expanding our impact within our own community and two partner communities in Ecuador and India. We are striving to develop a new type of world class leader who understands what it means to lead with compassion, understanding, and audacity. “

– Jared Staley, The Ohio State University Chapter of Nourish International 

Jared is a Senior pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Architecture at The Ohio State University and will graduate in May. Jared has been a rockstar member of Nourish International since September 2011. His past leadership responsibilities include Marketing Director (2012), Co-Chapter Leader (2013), Outreach Chair (2013), and Student Advisory Board Co-Chair and Student Board Member.

Nathan Albright Named Coordinator of Community Discourse and Awareness

November 18, 2014 | Posted in Uncategorized | By


Nathan is an alum from Nourish’s University of Georgia chapter where he served as Co-President and later as the Awareness Chair. At UGA’s chapter he started the Sidewalk Symphonies series, worked to build a foundation for the chapter, and ran several Awareness film screenings and discussions. While an undergrad he also played an active role at Georgia’s student radio station serving as a Music Director and later as the General Manager, and was the head of the Veritas Forum at UGA- a group that facilitates interfaith discussions, forums, and book studies. All this earned him the “Outstanding Student” award in 2012 for his work in general student affairs along with a plaque that says so, which his mom still keeps hung up in a prominent site for guests to admire. She is very proud of him but wishes he would just shave that beard once in a while. Since graduating, he’s lived and worked in Los Angeles with a probation placement home for incarcerated youth, completed a carpentry apprenticeship, hitch-hiked around the country with his best pal, and worked with a Triathalon racing company. He now teaches guitar lessons in Brooklyn, NY and just loves playing music all the time and hopes something good will come out of it one day. He’s also remained active as an Alumni Mentor and always has a great time at the annual Summer Institute each year. Now he’ll be serving as the Community Discourse Coordinator for Nourish and is excited to have some great discussions with anyone who’ll talk to him!

Give the Gift of Nourish

October 31, 2014 | Posted in Uncategorized | By

The opportunity

Tomorrow, we will officially kick off our annual Give the Gift of Nourish Campaign! This year, we have been presented with a unique opportunity — Nourish International has been awarded a challenge grant of $40,000 from an anonymous donor to match all gifts 1:1 between November 1, 2014 and December 31st, 2014. This is a lofty goal, but a worthy one with the potential to generate $80,000 of crucial support for our programs. We need your help to meet this matching goal and empower young entrepreneurs across our 60 chapters. This match is the largest our organization has ever received. Let’s rise to the challenge and make a profound impact in the world.

Donate Now

Thanks to supporters like you, Nourish has grown tremendously in the past three years, but our work is far from meeting the demand for our services and far from reaching the level of impact we aspire to.

The motivation

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Program Associate Ellen Moore, a former Nourish student from the Syracuse University Chapter, recently told a story that both saddened and motivated us at the National Office. Ellen participated in her Chapter’s Project with Global Health Response (GHNU) in Uganda this past summer. While the Chapter was building latrines for three villages, Ellen met a little girl who was blind due to an eye infection she caught as a newborn. These types of eye infections happen quite often in developing countries. In the United States, they are treatable and, if necessary, operable. But in rural Uganda, these infections often result in immense complications and cause blindness in infants. The baby girl was one of 20 infants that had to undergo surgery — an invasive and complicated procedure for a newborn in rural Uganda — because the infection was left untreated. She had both of her eyes removed and sadly, of the 20 babies that received the procedure, she was the sole survivor.

IMG_9504 for webIt’s hard to imagine the grief the 19 young mothers that lost their children will carry the rest of their lives. Ellen met many of these women, who have since turned their experiences into a commitment to improve the community. She said partnering with them was one of the most rewarding things she has experienced in her entire life.

The little girl, baby Leah — now blind — and her family were living in an unsafe home, sleeping on mud floors in a flood plain when GHNU found them. Ellen’s Chapter invested their Venture profits to work alongside the family and others in similar situations, in partnership with GHNU. The funds were used to help relocate the family to a safer homestead that could accommodate them; one equipped with a latrine that would be suitable for young women. Having an accessible latrine is extremely important, given that women often risk being kidnapped or suffering from sexual violence because they have to go out alone in the middle of the night simply to use the bathroom.

Why donate now?

As a result of Ellen’s experience in Uganda, she came to work at our National Office. Now, Ellen is on the front lines coaching 20 Nourish Chapter leaders across our network to implement sustainable development Projects effectively, lead their Chapter to success, and raise funds through small business Ventures. This summer, more than 50 students from her Chapters will have experiences just like hers. Ellen is on a journey to become a leader, change-maker, and an innovator in the fight to end extreme poverty within our lifetime. IMG_9509 for webNourish set her on that path.

At Nourish, we believe in a world where a child doesn’t have to die from a completely treatable illness. We belive in a world where a family doesn’t have to live in unsafe conditions, with the risk of violence, natural disaster, and communicable diseases. We believe that everyone deserves access to the basic resources needed to survive: water, food, shelter, healthcare, and education. We believe in opportunity, dignity, and always see the glass as half full. Labels of race, sexual orientation, and class do not oppress people in the world our Nourish students envision. In our world, love is a universal language, opportunities are rich, and violence is an exception. This vision may be idealistic, but it’s not idealism we fear, it’s apathy for idealism. There is a more beautiful world that our hearts know is possible, and we hope you will join us in creating it.

How you can help

1. Donate to Nourish by visiting between now and December 31. Your gift will be matched 1:1 up to $40,000.

Donate Now

2.Kick off your holiday shopping at The price of each item purchased will be matched 1:1 between now and December 31.

3. Share our holiday campaign with your friends on social media. We need your help to spread the mission of Nourish!

All funds will be invested in our mission to empower social entrepreneurs to make a lasting impact on extreme poverty. Leaders like Ellen and partners like GHNU will be able to continue to build the world we envision because of your gift. Thank you for your consideration of supporting us this holiday season and for the profound impact you make by partnering with us in this work.