Goodbye, Georgia WAND! by Emily Weyrauch

I’ve had the pleasure of working with Georgia WAND as a Quaker Voluntary Service Fellow for the past 11 months.
I’ve learned so much about building an intersectional, inclusive, and loving movement. I’ve met amazing people who are committed to peace and justice in the world. I’ve been focusing on communications, helping with fundraising campaigns and donor relations as well as writing grants and publicity materials. At a small nonprofit like Georgia WAND, no two days are alike, and I feel grateful for our team of staff and volunteers and allies because fighting for environmental justice takes a movement, not individuals. I so appreciate the kindness, honesty, and energy I have found in my coworkers, in a world where joy often feels like a scarce resource.
Through Quaker Voluntary Service, I have been supported in this often challenging uphill-battle work through living in intentional community with other fellows–sharing resources, time, and care with my housemates has been transformative in the way I think about myself in the world, and work to counter the dominant white supremacist culture that defines the society we live in. You can read more of my thoughts on living in intentional community in my piece in the May issue of Friends Journal here. The Atlanta Friends Meeting (Quakers) community has also been incredibly supportive in providing advice, community, food, and spiritual guidance. I am also grateful for the staff at QVS for being so responsive to the needs of the fellows and providing resources about the complexities of social justice work. Learn more about Quaker Voluntary Service here.
As I move on from Georgia WAND, I stand firm in envisioning a world without violence, where all human lives are valued over profit-making. I believe in a world that is sustainable and kind, where we lean into the human instinct of love, and away from fear. Thank you for standing with me. Together we are a movement.