Local church youth group volunteers making some plates to go
This guest post is contributed by Jung Fitzpatrick, a former AmeriCorps VISTA member, and staffer here at Idealist.org.
When I called my mom about going home for the Thanksgiving holiday, she told me she was going to volunteer at the Brandin’ Iron. (You may know the BI from a quick mechanical bull riding scene in Borat.)
BI was going to serve a Thanksgiving meal to the hungry. What else was I supposed to do but say, “Hey, count me in!” I loved the idea of volunteering with my mom.
On the day, my mom and I along with my brother, Sean, and his friend, Will, all headed to BI. My mom country line dances every week at the BI and heard about the volunteer opportunity from there. As it turns out, Continue reading
AmeriCorps VISTAs and alums reflect on their service through the “V is For _” Campaign.
V is for ideas + action = making visions happen.
“V is For__” is a Campaign on Flickr that allows AmeriCorps VISTAs and alumni to post a photo of themselves, ostensibly holding up the V sign with their fingers, and saying something meaningful. Since several of us involved with Idealist.org are also AmeriCorps VISTA Alumnae, we thought we’d contribute!
Our Grad School Blog Project Blogger Eileen Gallagher served as an AmeriCorps VISTA and then VISTA Leader before heading to grad school at Brandeis’s Heller School. As a VISTA, she served at the Center for Experiential Learning at Allegheny College, her alma mater. She worked with students to plan service events, ran a tutoring program in local elementary schools and functioned as part of the college’s student affairs staff.
As a Leader, Eileen helped run the program and learned a lot about management. She knew that she loved the students, their idealism to create change, the community that she Continue reading