By Roadtrip Nation

Caroline Horstmann



My road in life has taken me all over.
I've always been a passionate volunteer for causes I care about and have made volunteering an integral part of my life from a young age.
Attended Loyola Marymount University (LMU)—when I first started college, I was an education major with the goal of being a teacher.
I was unsure about what direction to take with my career and was fearful of getting “pigeon-holed,” so I switched my major and graduated with a degree in English.
While at LMU, I took part in a service project in East Los Angeles that supported nonprofits serving the homeless population of that area.
This sparked my interest in nonprofits and led to an internship with Chrysalis, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit that creates pathways to self-sufficiency for homeless and low-income individuals.
After graduating, I began working for the Illumination Foundation as a site coordinator for their housing program.
Decided to take over a year off in order to pursue my dream of traveling the world.
When I was done traveling, I returned to the Illumination Foundation, where I now work as the director of volunteers & community engagement.
Keep following my journey


Director of Volunteers & Community Engagement

I provide opportunities for community members to volunteer and advocate for the homeless.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Non-Profit Organizations
Helping People

Day to Day

Every day is different! A typical week usually includes planning the details of a volunteer event, thanking volunteers and following up, creating new ways for the community to get involved and meeting with employees at our various sites to make sure I am up to date on the volunteer needs of our foundation.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

Seek out internship opportunities; get to know the staff and ask questions!

Recommended Education

My career is not related to what I studied. I'd recommend this path instead:


The Noise I Shed

From Society in General:

"Why do you want to take off and travel around the world?"

Challenges I Overcame

Changed Major
Work Stress

Interviewed By

LMU Roadtrip

LMU Roadtrip

LMU Roadtrip