Alum to Alum Challenge


WE RAISED $2,125!  Thank you Alum!

We are exceedingly grateful to Josh Yellin, Mitch Lassa and Smai Fullerton for allowing us to tell your stories and to be a part of our end of year Alumni Appeal letters, and for Smai's generous $500 match!

A special thank you to the MCC Alumni who helped us exceed our goal!

Sarah Lamanuzzi, 1998  |  Paul Paradis, 2000 & 2001  |  Garrick Harmel, 2001 & 2002  |  Daniel Berkman, 2007  |  Josh Yellin, 2007  |  Anna Varriano, 2010 & 2012  |  Brendan Prewitt, 2011  |  Samantha Fullerton, 2011 & 2012  |  Andrew Smith, 2011 & 2012  |  Caitlin Frawley, 2012 & 2013  |  Allan Kaplan, 2014  |  Kaitlyn Furey, 2016  |  David Johnson, 2016  |  Andrew Copeland, 2017 & 2018  |  Mitchell Lassa, 2017 & 2018  |  Angela Davis, 2018

I am MCC alumna Smai Fullerton.  I served as a Crew Member in 2011 and a Crew Leader in 2012.  Now, I live in Missoula and work as a software engineer with Workiva – a career I never imagined possible.  I, too, believe that my life was transformed by my MCC experiences. As a result, I am issuing a challenge to all Alumni to donate this holiday season.  I am matching all donations up to $500 and hope that you will accept my challenge and donate to MCC this holiday season!

I found that MCC teaches the value of taking leaps into the unknown.  Serving with MCC makes members more independent and reduces their fear of trying new things.  It takes a lot of time and energy and self-motivation to finish a season, which translates into the courage to follow other callings. MCC turns “Can I do it?” into “How will I do it?” at an age where that perspective shift changes the course of lives.  MCC gave me a lot of practice in handling the uncertain and unanticipated, and I’m more apt to not give up when the going gets rough.  As we all know, a term of service with MCC is challenging, and growth is inevitable.  The Leadership Development Program is AWESOME. It made me a better person, full stop. The LDP teaches people to bring a subtle awareness to the table that can make a big difference to a group - small things like offering a constructive observation about a social dynamic.  Because of MCC, I’m equipped for life with a vocabulary that translates to my job - and relationships! 

As a fellow alum, I am a contributor to MCC. I am writing to urge you to accept my challenge to invest in the next generation of young leaders and stewards of the land by making a gift to MCC this holiday season. We learned that WE are the change for our lands and communities. Let’s play a part in carrying that message on. Please give today.

Happy Holidays from a fellow member of the All-MCC Crew!

Smai Fullerton (MCC ’11 & ‘12)

Click here to read about Smai and where she is today.