Corbin Orr ’14

Alumnus Corbin Orr ’14, married fellow Saint Jessica Tankyo ’14 in 2016 and the couple now lives in Indiana. Five years ago, as a young USF student and peer minister, Orr was instrumental in developing the partnership between USF and the Daybreak shelter. His experiences helped to shape him tremendously.

“My service experiences made the idea of service a concrete goal in my life, rather than an obligation, or a side thought. They helped me to step out of my shoes and see life from someone else’s perspective. The homeless population is a very misunderstood demographic. I still don’t have a perfect picture of what it is like to be homeless, but now that I’ve met people going through it, it has become much more real,” stated Orr.

His leadership abilities grew in a variety of ways while helping out at Daybreak. Orr led kitchen teams at Daybreak nearly every Friday morning for two years. Volunteers had one hour to cook a meal for 50–100 people, so “striking a balance between getting food ready quickly and communicating needs to volunteers politely, while still loving on the people we were serving was a learned art.” Orr also mentioned that leading peer groups helped him to hone his leadership skills. To be a
good leader, he learned he had to be a team member first.

His experiences setting up volunteer opportunities at USF also showed him how badly people want to volunteer and give back.

“All of us have so many resources beyond money, so helping to create opportunities to give back is important,” said Orr.

Currently, Orr volunteers as a mentor for an at-risk fifth grader in his community. He is also involved in many events through his church.

He participates in adult retreat programs and mission work, including an anticipated trip next November to Haiti, where he and his wife will serve at a school for left-behind children through Project 117.