Brayden Crowley, a third year undergraduate student at Rocky Mountain College is a pre-med student majoring in Biology. Brayden has demonstrated a commitment to community
engagement through volunteering and advocacy. He has served a 300-hour AmeriCorps term of service focusing on hunger and homelessness. Brayden is dedicated to creating positive sustainable change in his community.
For the past two years, he has been responsible for organizing World Kindness Day. This past year, he coordinated 40 volunteers to make over 1,600 sandwiches. Every month Brayden joins a group of students to serve lunch at the HUB, a shelter serving individuals experiencing homelessness. Brayden is also the president of the RockyMED group that promotes pre-health education, he is a volunteer EMT in a rural community, and is dedicated to advancing rural healthcare.
This past summer Brayden attended a Service Trip to Antigua, Guatemala with a group of
students from Rocky Mountain College. During the service trip he gained valuable insight, a global perspective, and was able to work with malnourished children and build a house.
Volunteering with underserved communities often require you to step outside of your comfort zone, it is not a simple task, and often require courage and commitment. My interest for volunteering began with Special Olympics Montana. I continue to volunteer with Special Olympics Montana but have shifted my focus to food insecurity and serving rural communities.
On campus, I serve in a leadership role in the Office of Community Engagement where I coordinate and participate in events for food impoverished individuals. For the last two years, I have coordinated an event where over 3,300 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches were made by volunteers and donated to agencies in the Billings community. In my rural hometown, I volunteer as an EMT on the ambulance crew and pick up shifts in the emergency room. These experiences have helped me learn how to work with underserved, rural communities. I am inspired to pursue a career as a physician in a small town. I want to be an integral part of the community and to indulge in lifelong commitment to serving the underserved.