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Community Fellows Program

What Is Our Mission?

UN Sustainability GoalsThe Community Fellows program seeks to strengthen and nurture Applalchian State University's relationship with students, faculty and Community Partners by facilitating resource sharing and exposure to the nonprofit sector. To reach this mission, six Community Fellows lead local volunteer trips to nonprofit organizations that serve Watauga and surrounding counties.

The foundation of Community Fellows program adheres to the United Nations' (UN) sustainability goals to ensure that all efforts made by the program support a better and more sustainable future for all.

Community Fellows

Community Fellow JoJo ThompkinsHi! My name is JoJo Tompkins and I am a senior Spanish major with a minor in Linguistics froCharleston, SC. Community service is important to me because I think every positive act, no matter how small, can have an impact in this world. I strive to have an impact, and community service is how I want to make mine. I wanted to be a Community Fellow at Appalachian because I thought this was a very positive way to have a local influence here in Boone. I am looking forward to everything this experience can teach me, and all the hours I can serve!


Community Fellow Abby James1I’m Abby James and I’m a sophomore special education major from Summerville, SC. I’m excited to be a part of the Community Fellows program. I think that giving back and helping others to give back can make a really big difference in our community. I can’t wait to start going on trips and being able to see the change we are making here in Boone.
Community Fellow Ashley Thomasson
Hello! My name is Ashley Thomasson (she/her) and I’m from Mooresville, NC! I’m a junior Global Studies major with a Spanish minor. Through the ACT office and being involved with Alternative Service Experience, I have learned that engaging in community service can be so much more than transactional. By educational learning and creating dialogue it becomes a beneficial experience for volunteers and also community partners. I am so excited to be a Community Fellow in order to grow connections not only with local NGOs, but also my fellow mountaineers!


Community Fellow Nicole Warnick

My name is Nicole Warnick and I am from Poulsbo, WA. I am a Cellular Molecular Biology major and Chemistry minor here at App State. I have spent most of my life participating in some form of community service such as Key Club in high school, the Red Cross, the Humane Society, and Habitat for Humanity, all being organizations I have found great joy in interacting and volunteering with. When hearing of the Community Fellows position I was nothing but thrilled to become a more active citizen and I look forward to working alongside an organization that I find is very important and doing great work.

Community Fellow Kaitlyn Sorensen

My name is Kaitlyn Sorensen and I am from Mechanicsville, Virginia. I am a sophomore Global Studies major with a double minor in French and Recreation Management. I am so excited to be working as a Community Fellow! Community service was a defining part of my childhood. However, I noticed it as harder to find opportunities to serve in college. Community Fellows is giving me the opportunity to return back to service and connect other students with volunteer opportunities. I am excited for this year and the opportunity to create strong bonds with students and community partners.


Community Fellow Catelyn SweeneyMy name is Catelyn Sweeney and I’m from Nashville, TN. I am currently a sophomore at Appalachian State University, seeking a degree in sustainable development and two minors in sustainable technology and dance. I find community service a way to bridge the gap between classes of individuals while becoming an active citizen. I’m looking forward to bridging the gap between students and the greater community of Boone as a Community Fellow.



Carolne bundesman community fellows1Hello! I am Caroline Bundesman and I am the Graduate Assistant that works directly with Community Fellows program. I serve as a connection between local Community Partners and the resources that the ACT Foundation has to offer. I believe that strong community engagement can facilitate the evolution of personal and community transformation, well-being, and understanding.

I am a graduate of the University of Alabama with a major in Human Development and Family Studies and a minor in Addiction and Recovery Studies. As a graduate student in Marriage and Family Therapy Master’s Program at App State, I continue to promote personal health, healing, and creative expression in others.

Contact Community Fellows - If you want to be involved in the Community Fellows program or have questions, please email me at