Chapter Leader Spotlight: Christine Brasile of the Metro Atlanta Chapter
Today’s guest post comes from Christine Brasile, Chapter Leader for the Metro Atlanta AmeriCorps Alums. She served three terms as an AmeriCorps VISTA, two of which were as a VISTA Leader at the Kentucky Domestic Violence Association in Frankfort, Kentucky.
After graduating with my master’s degree in Public Administration in May of 2008, I knew that finding employment would be challenging, especially in the nonprofit sector, as a result of the economic downturn. Being able to get additional experience in the field was one factor that led me to serve as an AmeriCorps VISTA.
I have always been passionate about serving others and felt that this was a great opportunity to do just that.
After three years of living in Kentucky and serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA, I decided to relocate back to my hometown of Atlanta, Georgia. I knew I wanted to stay involved with AmeriCorps in some way and was hopeful to find opportunities to be apart of the Metro Atlanta AmeriCorps Alums.
I decided to serve as the Chapter Leader because I wanted to ensure that the chapter would be active in Atlanta. I see AmeriCorps Alums as a chance to connect with those who have served in the past and to keep them connected with national and community service.
For our first event, the Metro Atlanta Chapter decided it would be best to organize a volunteer project for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. For AmeriCorps members across the country, the MLK, Jr. Holiday is observed each year as “a day on, not a day off.”
This year, the Metro Atlanta Chapter met in Decatur to serve with the City of Decatur and the Decatur Preservation Alliance. Over 20 Alums spent the morning helping senior homeowners with yard work, maintenance, and repairs. Although it was a chilly January morning, it was very inspiring to see the results of all of the hard work of the Alums.
My hope is that the chapter will continue to offer service projects like this for its members, as well as professional development and career opportunities, a mentoring program for current AmeriCorps, and networking/social events.
For those of you who are interested in becoming a Chapter Leader, my advice would be not to try to do too many things at once, especially if you are just starting or re-launching a chapter. It’s about quality, not quantity. Make it so the events you do have a memorable ones.
If you’re interested in becoming a Chapter Leader, like Christine, apply here! (Note: The link is to a downloadable Word document.)