This past Tuesday, Corrine Handy (my fellow Regional Coordinator) and I had the pleasure of attending the Park Heights Community Health Alliance’s Holiday Potluck, along with many other guests and the staff of the three other organizations that share an office building with PHCHA (a VM partner organization this year). There was good food, great company, and some downright awful wonderful singing. Corrine and I were roped into invited to join in singing a creative rendition of The 12 Days of Christmas, which had the traditional partridge in a pear tree, eight maids-a-milking, twelve drummers drumming, etc., replaced with features of the Park Heights community and services offered by PHCHA and the other three organizations present. While the singing may not have been worthy of a Grammy nomination, the sense of community felt at the event, not to mention the general hilarity the singing generated, was what the event was really all about.
An added bonus for Corrine and I was that we got to meet a VM alum (a VMC in class 19 and an RC in class 20) and talk to him about our experiences this year and how his experience in VM has shaped him, and even helped him find his current job! When we found out that he was an alumnus, I commented that we are everywhere, and that is one of the great things about VM. We serve communities all across the state of Maryland facing many different needs and we empower individuals to continue careers in service even after their AmeriCorps year comes to an end. I am proud to be part of this organization and I’m glad I was invited to the potluck and given the chance to meet some of the wonderful people we work with! The potluck was the perfect segue into a long holiday weekend which I will spend celebrating with my family and friends. And with that, I will wish you a Merry Christmas (if you celebrate it) and Happy Holidays (if you don’t)!