In his four years of nonprofit and public service experience, O’Neill public affairs major Matthew Watkins has been busy.
Among the many projects he took on in addition to his schoolwork, Watkins created a local veteran resource database in South Bend, connected people to resources to transition to sobriety, worked on community outreach and grant projects, created and piloted a lead remediation program, helped address food deserts in Indianapolis, and supported community outreach efforts for Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg. He also served as a research assistant for the IU Public Policy Institute’s Center for Civic Literacy and other university groups.
His full plate is a testimony to what he says is a calling to help improve the communities in which he lives.
“I have always maintained that it is important to do good for the sake of doing good without any expectation of reward in return,” Watkins says. “I had the honor of working with countless neighborhood, community, and civic leaders who embody the importance of service that I hope to emulate.” (more…)