Nantucket Portraits

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Humans of Nantucket

Rachel Fabiszak

“What do you like most about Nantucket?”

“The community. I just love the community. Everyone is there for each other. Which goes hand in hand with volunteerism. I think it is a very close knit community. You can rely on other people if and when need be.”

“What is your passion?”

“My main passion is volunteerism. I think it’s very important to give back to the community that you live in and even beyond. I spent two years in group called AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps traveling the Mid West doing service projects. Volunteering just has always been a passion of mine. Which is why I founded Volunteer Nantucket trying to promote volunteerism on Nantucket and to connect volunteers with current opportunities on Nantucket Island. One of my other passions is working with children.  That is where I personally have dialed in the most are those volunteer opportunities. There are a lot of organizations out there. That is what I want to do connect people to volunteer opportunities that they want to volunteer in. You can volunteer just to volunteer but if you’re not passionate about the area or topic that your volunteering with it’s not going to benefit you and it’s not going to benefit the organization because you’re not going to be there 110%.”

“How did you decide that Volunteerism was your passion?”

“It just has always been instilled with me. My mother worked at the Nantucket Elementary School for twenty-three years until she passed away. Both of my parents have always put others first. It just has been something that we have done as a family. It is just how it is we are always willing to help.”

Subject: Katie Manchester
Location: Nantucket Elementary School at the Memorial Tree for Susan Manchester.
Date: February 6th, 2015

Humans of Nantucket, modeled after the famous Humans of New York, intends to portray various members of the island community who share with us their lives, dreams and hopes.

Photographer and island native Rachel Fabiszak owns Rachel Fabiszak Photography.