The AmeriCorps team attended the National Conference on Volunteering and Service in Washington D.C. a few weeks ago. We were all very excited about two things: learning new practices and meeting other AmeriCorps–those currently serving, as well as alums.
We met the other three AmeriCorps National Direct – two of them serving at HandsOn Central Ohio and one at Chicago Cares. We discussed our awesome experiences, laughed about the many interesting and hilarious moments, and of course – bonded over a slew of amazing food at Ping Pong Dim Sum. Here’s what we took from it:
Ben: It was great meeting other AmeriCorps members that are currently serving across the country. We had the opportunity to connect with them and share insights and stories around volunteer engagement and the different ways we bring people together. They will be valuable connections for future activities, projects and networking.
Tomilyn: It was so fantastic to meet all the other AmeriCorps serving in National Direct. National Direct is a small program different from the main avenues people serve in AmeriCorps. While I had encountered other Vistas, it was great to get together with the 6 folks who are doing similar work from Ohio to Chicago. I also learned about opportunities to connect with AmeriCorps alumni here in Seattle! Can’t wait to tap into this amazing network of dedicated public servants.
Irina: It was awesome meeting those who started serving at the same time we did, to see how far they had come in their organizations, what they accomplished, and what their next steps were. It was also encouraging to meet AmeriCorps alums who were doing great things for the community – whether it was working for another nonprofit, founding their own organization, or working internationally on a completely different area of interest. We learned that AmeriCorps alums go far and I’m proud to be part of that legacy – 800,000+ strong and counting!
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