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Join Alums Celebrating AmeriCorps’ Anniversary: #Iamthe20th!

July 10, 2014

Today’s guest blogs come from alums who shared stories on twenty.americorpsalums.org and mark our first blogs in the #Iamthe20th series! Do you want your AmeriCorps program or Alums chapter to be featured next? It’s easy! Take a picture with our #Iamthe20th sign, post it on social media with the hashtag #Iamthe20th, and email your blog to maria@americorpsalums.org!

 

Christie Schichtel

Christie Schichtel

Christie Schichtel

Why did I share a story on twenty.americorpsalums.org?

I would like to band together with national service alumni to continue to do great work in communities across the United States!

Where did you serve and where are you now?

  • THEN: Michigan Campus Compact AmeriCorps VISTA at Alma College (2009-2010), learner of the do-gooder ways, lover of all things food-related.
  • NOW:  Academic Specialist at Michigan State University– Center for Service-Learning and Civic Engagement, proud AmeriCorps Alum, social worker, aspiring foodie.

Describe how you were #MadeInAmeriCorps in six words.

I built a lifelong network!

 

Merete Fields

Merete Fields

Merete Fields

Why did I share a story on twenty.americorpsalums.org?

AmeriCorps is such an incredible organization and I am proud to be a part of such a great movement of service.  I am an AmeriCorps Alum and want to share with others that service is imperative in our communities.  If you haven’t served before visit http://my.americorps.gov to learn of more opportunities.

Where did you serve and where are you now?

  • Then: Summerbridge (now Breakthrough Collaborative) 2007
  • Now: Manager, Economic Opportunity Programs at Points of Light Foundation.

Describe how you were #MadeInAmeriCorps in six words.

I grew more than ever in service.

 

Lucy Zhou

Lucy Zhou

Lucy Zhou

Why did I share a story on twenty.americorpsalums.org?

I’m proud to be a part of the AmeriCorps tradition, and also for the work that I helped accomplish.

Where did you serve and where are you now?

I did one year as a VISTA with the Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation, and two years as a VISTA Leader with Points of Light and the HandsOn Tech program. Thanks to the relationships I made during my AmeriCorps triple-header, I now work with the Points of Light Digital team, where I get to tell folks about our awesome volunteer management and recruitment tools. You could say that I’m still building capacity for nonprofits, in true VISTA fashion!

Describe how you were #MadeInAmeriCorps in six words.

I found my resolve in service.

 

Israel Ledesma

Israel Ledesma

Israel Ledesma

Why did I share a story on twenty.americorpsalums.org?

I shared my story because I want people to know the kind of lasting impact serving can have on a person’s life as well as those you have served. Everyone has a story, and I am interested in hearing the stories of other alums or future alums.

Where did you serve and where are you now?

  • Then: Ferris State University was one of six campus sites that offered an opportunity for AmeriCorps members to serve. Under the FSU umbrella, I served as a National and State member for the 2012-2013 service year and had the privilege to collaborate with several community organizations and other AmeriCorps members.
  • Now: I am currently the Recruiting Officer/Business Liaison for Ferris State University Grand Rapids office. In this role I am able to continue community outreach efforts and help in bridging the educational gap.

Describe how you were #MadeInAmeriCorps in six words.

I Understand the Power of serving.

 

Lauren Reynolds

Lauren Reynolds

Lauren Reynolds

Why did I share a story on twenty.americorpsalums.org?

I shared because when I tell someone I have been an AmeriCorps member, never again do I want their response to be, “What is AmeriCorps?”

Where did you serve and where are you now?

  • Then: AmeriCorps State (2005-2006) Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless
  • Now: Program Coordinator, Volunteer Services and Staff Engagement

Describe how you were #MadeInAmeriCorps in six words.

I discovered my passion and potential.

 

 

 

 

Andrew Heacox

Andrew HeacoxWhy did I share a story on twenty.americorpsalums.org?

I shared my story because I know that being in AmeriCorps was the best decision that I have made in my life so far. Service helped shape who I am today and some of the most important relationships in my life were forged through volunteer and my AmeriCorps experiences.

Where did you serve and where are you now?

  • Then: AmeriCorps NCCC Class XVI Denver Campus (2009-2010) and Youth Villages Inner Harbour AmeriCorps (2010-2011).
  • Now:  President, Metro Atlanta AmeriCorps Alumni & Assistant Director, Federal Grants Programs & Performance for Boys & Girls Clubs of America

Describe how you were #MadeInAmeriCorps in six words.

AmeriCorps made me who I am.

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