We’re about halfway through AmeriCorps Week! As Kelly said, AmeriCorps Week is a time for “sharing our stories and explaining what a year of service means to us.”
If you haven’t seen it, check out what some of our Volunteer Maryland Coordinators had to say about how AmeriCorps works for them and their communities; we’ve been posting photos all week on our Facebook page.
At VM, we regularly hear from our alumni about how their AmeriCorps service helped make them who they are today – by igniting a passion for service, providing professional skill development, building a network, and more. That’s one of the wonderful things about AmeriCorps (and about our AmeriCorps program at Volunteer Maryland); the AmeriCorps members gain so much while they serve. (And, as AmeriCorps Alums, they continue to have access to great learning opportunities, among other perks!) Here are some thoughts from our current members about what they are gaining while they give.
“Through this term of service I have learned a lot about volunteer management best practices and consulting skills. I have also improved my time management skills by simultaneously coordinating volunteers for multiple different programs and my public speaking skills by developing and running a volunteer orientation.” Krisia Jones, Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington
“[This experience] has gotten me volunteering at places I wouldn’t have considered before, like the hospital, and I love it!” Kara Grosse, Maryland Coastal Bays Program
“I’ve seen first-hand what makes a nonprofit successful.” Rebecca Larew, Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless
“[I’ve gained skills in] professionalism, group projects, networking, communication, time management, and flexibility – and I got to meet some great people!” Allyson Bloom, MAEOE
“[I’ve gained skills in] volunteer management, recruitment and outreach, general organizational skills, time management, project development and implementation.” Kristen Wharton, CHEARS
“I enjoy going to work every day and I love the group of people I am lucky enough to work with. I have learned so much about so many different things – history, agriculture, networking, the community, livestock, and myself.” Casey Lowe, Accokeek Foundation
“Being a Volunteer Maryland Coordinator has given me the opportunity to practice patience, creativity, awareness, and professionalism within a safe a supportive structure.” Kat Patterson, Ardmore Enterprises
“[I’ve gained skills in] management, interviewing, time management, recruitment, and networking.” Trayana Thomas, Mosaic Community Services
“[I’ve gained skills in] public speaking, persuading, collaborating, initiating change, multi-tasking, time management, presenting proposals and ideas with supporting materials.” Kaitlyn Fernald, Greenwell Foundation
“As a Peer Leader, I’ve learned how to plan and facilitate events. I’ve learned how to use WordPress, Constant Contact, and Mail Chimp. I’ve become more confident with the Microsoft Office suite and Chrome. I’ve built on my workshop training and leadership skills. I’ve developed as a writer and professional blogger. I’ve developed skills as a recruiter and I have developed supervisory skills. I’ve also developed time management skills and learned how to successfully ask for donations.” Kerry Ose, Peer Leader