The Voices of Volunteers: Giving Back

In honor of National Volunteer Appreciation Week, we are recognizing our amazing volunteers by letting them share their stories through their voices.

Today’s volunteers share with us how their positions in Phi Mu allow them to give back to the organization that means so much to them.

Carr Murphy Brown, AO

Epsilon Chapter Philanthropic Adviser and Chapter House Corporation President

“When I was recruited to be in the alumnae chapter, I had no clue how involved I would actually become. It was the women from the alumnae chapter that introduced me to the collegiate chapter at Millsaps. The women at the Epsilon Chapter made me want to do more and be more as an alumna. I remember the women who volunteered when I was a collegian at the University of Southern Mississippi, and it was important for me to return that investment of time and effort that those women made. I truly hope that at least one of the collegiate women that I have encountered and encouraged would at some point give back and become a volunteer and mentor for other Phi Mus. I always tell the women I encounter, ‘Someone did this for me, I am doing this for you, and one day, I want you to do this for someone else.’ I don’t have girls of my own, being the mom of boys, so these young ladies are my legacies, each and every one of them!”

Carr (right) with Epsilon Philanthropy Chairman Kayleigh Sims at the chapter’s 2017 Casino Night fundraiser.

Nancy Elizabeth Konsler Zoller, AT

National Alumnae Membership Coordinator

“Volunteering for Phi Mu is so important to me because it provides me with a way to give back to the organization that has given so much to me. Phi Mu has believed in my abilities and given me confidence in myself, so I love being able to do whatever I can to support the Fraternity. Providing ways to connect sisters and show them that Phi Mu is for a lifetime and doesn’t stop once your collegiate years are done is an everyday goal of mine. Seeing the excitement of sisters meeting each other at a local events and knowing that I have a small part in bringing them together makes volunteering completely worth it. At a past convention, a delegate stood up at a meeting and said how I helped and inspired her when it came to working with her alumnae chapter. Hearing this brought me to tears because I see my volunteer positions as such a privilege. Living our Creed day by day makes everything possible and is why I do what I do.”

Nancy at the 2016 National Convention in Chicago.