Currents Winter 2018; Vol. 34, No. 1 - Page 21

AWCH Members and Events Currents, Winter 2018 Hamburger Helpers Get New "Helping Hand(s)" With the New Year, we welcome Natalie Hunter and Carey Witt, two new members who will take over Hamburger Helpers. Born and raised in Idaho, Nat- alie “Natty” found herself in San Diego after college, enjoying all that the city had to offer. There, Natty met her husband, William, and stepson, Aeron, and in June 2017 welcomed their first daughter, Esmé Beatrix, to the world. William’s job brought them to Hamburg in September 2017, where they are explor- ing all the sites. With a passion for volunteering, Natty served for two years on the Board of Directors for Dress for Success San Diego, working closely with the com- munity partners. She also held several leadership roles in the Junior League of San Diego, including Co-Chair of the Provisional Class, Nominating Committee and a member of the Recruiting Com- mittee. “I joined the Junior League to meet friends, but it is there where my passion for my community and training was ignited.” She says, “the opportu- nities the Junior League gave me to improve my volunteer and leadership skills were incredible. I learned how important it is to leave our community better than we found it.” Originally from Wisconsin, Carey came to Munich, Germany for work in 2000. Since then, she has lived in 9 countries. Among her favorite locations are Qa- tar, China, Houston, and of course Germany. Un- til recently, Hannover was home. “After so many moves, I know the importance of social networking for settling in,” she says. One of her first steps in each location is to seek out an American or Inter- national Women’s club, and to her delight she dis- covered the AWCH. Carey comes to Hamburg for work, where she helps people navigate the many routes to home ownership and a secure retirement. “I like helping others,” she says and this fits to the philosophy of the Hamburger Helpers. Together, “Natty and I are very excited to continue the legacy set by Kathrin and Suzana. Making sure members feel welcome and have a support line from the beginning can be critical in the life of an expat or repatriate. Those first months can make or break the whole experience. Moving is never easy, and once the newness wears off and culture shock sets in, The Hamburger Helpers is there to provide comfort, an empathetic ear, or just the best location to eat Mexican food.” Have you been here awhile? Do you like talking to people? Do you remember your first days in Ham- burg? Do you have two hours a month to share in ex- change for the gratitude of a newcomer and maybe a lasting friendship? Let us know. We have a nice plan of networking events coming up, and would love to have you join us. We are also currently look- ing for Hamburger Helpers in the following areas: Alsterdorf/Eppendorf, Eimsbuttel, Eppendorf, Har- burg, Hamm. If you are interested, or have ques- tions, please reach out to us at: hhelpers@awchamburg.org —Natty and Carey www.awchamburg.org 21