Academic Interest Turns to Passion: How AmeriCorps Works for Michael Nealis

As part of our celebration of AmeriCorps Week, we’re highlighting how AmeriCorps worked for VM alumni.  This is just one of many success stories!

Michael Nealis had an academic interest in volunteerism when he became a Volunteer Maryland Coordinator in Class 21.  A year of service with the Maryland Department of the Environment and another as a Volunteer Maryland Regional Coordinator turned academic interest into passion.  Now the Interactive Strategy Coordinator with the Points of Light Institute, Michael is dedicated to sharing this passion with others, both in his position with the Points of Light Institute and as a regular volunteer with Atlanta Habitat for Humanity.  “I would not have achieved as much as I have if I would not have joined VM,” said Michael.  “It completely changed how I view service and community and put me on a path to having a voice in a national volunteer support organization. I’m a stronger leader and a better person because of my AmeriCorps experience.”

What was Michael thinking when his second year of AmeriCorps service was coming to a close? Read his final blog post here.

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