Why I Champion Cara: Rummel Zafar
Meet Rummel Zafar, member of our Cara Ambassador Network and Associate Consultant at Slalom. We spoke with Rummel to find out why she chooses to champion Cara and our motivated job seekers this #GivingTuesday.
How did you originally become connected to Cara Collective?
“I originally became connected to Cara when I was getting my MBA and one of my classmates who is now my good friend, works at Cara. She told me what a great organization it is and was very passionate. I wanted to learn more about it and how I could become involved. Then, when I started working at Slalom after graduating, I learned that they’re a huge partner with Cara. It made a lot of sense to join the Ambassador Network and seemed like the perfect opportunity to give back to the community.
What about Cara motivates you to champion us in the various ways that you do?
“I think it’s always important to help any kind of community that’s struggling. Even if we cannot always relate to someone’s situation, we all know finding a job in general can be very difficult. Being in a position to support someone who might need a some extra help in getting a job, I think is very valuable. I think it’s a right that everybody has and an opportunity that everybody deserves. I love that Cara is supporting people in Chicago because it’s important to me to leave an impact on the community I’m a part of.”
“Even if we cannot always relate to someone’s situation, we all know finding a job can be very difficult. Being in a position to support someone who might need extra help in getting a job, I think is very valuable.”– Rummel Zafar
What is your favorite Cara memory?
“I’ve only been involved for a few months, but within that time I was able to attend the Summer Social with Slalom, and it was a beautiful event. We had a great time and it was nice to see the Cara community in action. I also volunteered at Cara as a part of a service day with Slalom. I would love to continue think about more ways that we can deepen our involvement and partnership.”
Who or what inspired you give 100% this year?
“Definitely my parents. This year was a very transitional point in my life. I finally finished all the levels of education that I wanted to achieve and was starting a new job. Every time I look back at my parents’ life, I think of their journey as immigrants and coming to the US. I think of how far they’ve come, and it inspires me to give 100% at my first job and keep trekking on the way that they did.”
This season, your support of Cara Collective is critical to transforming the lives of our motivated job seekers. Please consider making a financial gift this #GivingTuesday or donate to Rummel’s personal fundraising page.