Meet Our Member – Ashley Swasey
Ashley is originally from the seacoast area of New Hampshire, getting a degree in Geography from the University of New Hampshire. She has travelled around the country teaching Environmental Education at several different schools. Most recently, she served as the VHCB AmeriCorps member at the Vermont Institute of Natural Science for two years which offered her the opportunity to train and work with raptors. In her free time, Ashley can be found wandering in the woods, cuddling with her dog or going for rides on dirt roads.
What is a typical day like in your position with AmeriCorps?
As the AmeriCorps Leader, my days can vary. I can be found in the office at my computer handling member issues and requests, planning for upcoming trainings, or searching for any new ways to help support the other VHCB AmeriCorps members. I also have the opportunity to drive all over the beautiful state of Vermont visiting the other sites and checking in with the members.
Why did you join VHCB AmeriCorps?
I originally joined AmeriCorps because I wanted to work at VINS but my reasoning for switching to this position was because over my two other terms with VHCB AmeriCorps, I really became passionate about the organization and all the amazing things that being done in Vermont because of it.
What has surprised you most about serving with AmeriCorps?
The amount of passion that the other members have for what they are doing. Also, the amount of support you receive from VHCB and all of the other members is fantastic.
What is the highlight of serving at your site?
Definitely getting to meet all the other members. These people come from all over with varying backgrounds and stories, but we are all working towards a common goal. It’s great!
What would you like other people to know about serving with VHCB AmeriCorps?
You will not regret it if you do. It such a great way to work with really amazing organizations and the experience that you will take away from your term (or terms!) is invaluable. It is also a fantastic way to network with non-profit organizations around the state.