This Tuesday’s VM Story takes us to Ms. Alisha Parzanese, originally from New Jersey who is serving at Anne Arundel County Forestry Board.
“There are several good things to know about me! I enjoy camping and spending time outside. I love to spend time with my friends and traveling to various places, such as Universal Studios in Orlando. I’m proud that I became the first individual in my family to graduate from college and serve as an AmeriCorps member. I enjoy learning about the environment and how to develop sustainable practices. This can range from learning about new renewable energy technology to new recycling methods.
I’m doing a term of service with Volunteer Maryland because I want to learn more about nonprofits in the environmental field. After talking to my educational advisors, they suggested that serving for AmeriCorps would be an effective way to do that. I decided that I also wanted to gain real world experience in how to manage volunteers to improve on my management skills. Volunteer Maryland presented a good opportunity to do that. I also want to improve my public speaking skills. I feel that I need to project more and have more of a presence when presenting in public.
I’m looking to develop my management skills in coordinating volunteers and developing a volunteer program with Anne Arundel Counties Forestry’s Board. I believe that this fits into my long-term goals in improving my confidence in management practices. In addition, I’m hoping to develop more improved presentation skills. I do tend to be a quiet individual and I need to learn to take into consideration my audiences needs when presenting in public.”
You can learn more about Alisha and Anne Arundel County Forestry Board volunteer opportunities at http://www.aacofb.sailorsite.net/