Meet Our Member - Ciara Kilburn

Community Support Specialist at Committee on Temporary Shelter/Housing Resource Center

Ciara

Ciara was born and raised in Vermont.   She graduated from the University of Vermont with a sociology degree.   She loves to downhill ski, play softball, and read.  Ciara has only ever worked in customer service businesses and has learned so many skills and loves to be able to interact with people on a daily basis.

What is a typical day like in your position with AmeriCorps?

A typical day as a Peer Support Staff at the Daystation is a lot of one on one with people. Whether I’m doing intakes with new clients or encouraging guests to participate in creative activities, I am always around people and I couldn’t be happier.

Why did you join VHCB AmeriCorps?

I found out about VHCB AmeriCorps when I started volunteering at COTS through one of my sociology classes. My mentor introduced me to the program and encouraged me to apply thinking I would make a good candidate.

What has surprised you most about serving with VHCB AmeriCorps?

What surprised me most about serving with AmeriCorps is the sense of community. As member we all work in different positions but we all support one another and can reach out to each other if need be. There is so much support within this organization that it makes the transition into these positions a lot easier.

What is the highlight of serving at your host site?

The highlight of serving at COTS is interacting with people and hearing all of their stories. Being able to make a small difference in their life to make their difficulties a little easier is what makes coming to my job site so enjoyable every day.

What would you like other people to know about serving with VHCB AmeriCorps?

I would like other people to know that serving with VHCB AmeriCorps opens up so many doors and opportunities within our country and local communities and opens your eyes to more that is going on in our country. It’s a great way to give back and you gain so much from it as well.

VHCB AmeriCorps is a program of the
Vermont Housing & Conservation Board.

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