Sullivan alum Nolan Moore still carrying the torch of volunteerism two years on
In 2014, when Nolan Moore was graduating from The Citadel with a major in history, he’d already amassed quite a service resume. His efforts included travels to Sri Lanka and Guatemala, where he worked on English language learning and youth engagement. Those efforts were recognized with a Sullivan Award (and a spotlight in the second issue of Engage).
In the two years since, Moore has served in the Army—he’s currently conducting training at Fort Polk in preparation for an upcoming deployment as a member of the 101st Airborne Division.
Moore’s volunteering projects aren’t always globetrotting affairs—he’s also worked with children in his home state of South Carolina. Through the Greater Tee First Charleston program, he’s helped young people learn life lessons and build character using golf as a launching pad.
For Moore, the experience of helping others is just as rewarding as it is challenging.
“What motivates me to volunteer is being able to know that I am able to affect families, dreams and future generations,” he says. “I want to be an example and mentor that people are able to look up to. The feeling of knowing that I made someone’s day just by teaching them something new or making them laugh for a moment is extremely amazing.”
A lot of the travel Moore has undertaken has been through the International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ), an organization that strives to make travel affordable for people who wish to volunteer overseas. The IVHQ also gives out a volunteer award each year. Out of twelve finalists from the USA, Canada, and New Zealand, Moore was voted the 2016 IVHQ Volunteer of the Year.
In addition to the honor, IVHQ will also provide Moore with yet another chance to serve—in the form of a travel voucher to help him get to his next project. IVHQ helped him get to Kenya to teach English back in 2012, where he developed a passion for sharing the language with students. He plans to use the voucher to return to Africa and continue that work.
Moore’s devotion to serving others made him a shining example of what it means to become a Sullivan Award recipient. Now, with his continued commitment, he’s become a shining example of what it means to be a Sullivan Award alum.