MARCUS J. GADDY

Company: YWCA of Central Carolinas
Position: Social Worker
Age: 29

WHERE WERE YOU BORN?

Charlotte, North Carolina.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU LIVED IN CHARLOTTE AREA?

A very long time.

TELL US A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT YOU?

I received my Bachelor’s degree from The University of North Carolina Charlotte’s School of Social work. (Cum laude honors) I served as president, of the Social work club, Community member of the Student council and named the 2015-2016 Charlotte Community Scholar. As the Charlotte Community Scholar, I received the opportunity to conduct a Social science research titled “Dismantling Racism: Where are you? Where is Charlotte?’ I’m a Father of two boys Owen and Asher Gaddy and Married to my best friend Melisa Gaddy.

DURING YOUR TIME VOLUNTEERING FOR A COMMUNITY ACTIVITY OR PROJECT, WHAT IS YOUR MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT?

Working weekends as a Shelter Specialist for the Men’s Shelter of Charlotte. I created a bond with many of the guest. That humbling experience as a staff member changed my life and helped me to become a well-rounded Social worker today.

IN YOUR OPINION, HOW DO YOU CONTRIBUTE TO THE COMMUNITY?

I feel that I give hope, to individuals in our community that our society has given up on, I was labeled as a Child, I made mistakes as a Youth, I didn’t get into my first college of choice but today I can say that my journey and community has made me stronger. Similar to the Rose who grew from the concrete.

WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES OR INTEREST?

Spending time with my family, coaching little league Soccer, playing video games and shopping.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE QUOTE THAT YOU STAND BY?

“Wealth is of the heart and mind, not the pocket” - Skateboard P.

WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN 5 YEARS?

Chief Executive Officer of a Non-profit organization.

CAN YOUR SHARE ONE THING THAT IS ON YOUR BUCKET LIST?

Watching Kendrick Lamar Perform at the Staples Center.

WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU USED YOUR PASSPORT?

N/A.

WHAT IS A FUN FACT ABOUT YOURSELF THAT NO ONE KNOWS?

When I was 13, played in the Pop Warner Football National title game.

WHO IS YOUR HERO?

Anyone who isn’t afraid to make a sacrifice.

WHAT WAS THE LAST BOOK YOU READ?

Contagious by Jonah Berger.

WHAT WAS THE LAST MOVIE YOU SAW?

Burning Sands.

WHAT WAS THE LAST CONCERT YOU SAW?

Curren$y.