Michael Roundtree grew up in Northeast Baltimore and always had a passion for volunteering and helping others. In high school, Roundtree conducted a number of outreach programs through the student congress and in his senior year, received a service learning award in recognition of his work in the community. After graduation, Roundtree decided to enlist in the United States Marine Corps. "Serving as a Marine really matured and changed me," Roundtree said. He also had a Sergeant who really motivated him to continue with his passion for volunteerism. Roundtree started a youth program in Virginia Beach with other Marines, and although his Sergeant did not make it back from Afghanistan to see the work he had done, it was she who kept him going in his pursuit of making the world a better place.
In May 2014, while looking for jobs, Roundtree saw a posting for Volunteer Maryland on a website. The word 'volunteer' really caught his eye. He did research and learned more about the opportunity and felt it was for him. Volunteer Maryland recommended Roundtree check out Maryland New Directions as his placement site and he thought it was a great fit. Roundtree is looking forward to growing as a young professional and increasing his networking during his service year. He is also excited about his volunteer engagement and recruitment activities, which will enable MND clients to receive the help and support they need to become employed.
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