Meet Our Member: Kerry Wilson

H.E.A.T. Squad Community Engagement Specialist, NeighborWorks of Western Vermont

kerryHaving grown up in the Northeast Kingdom and attended college at the University of Vermont, Kerry Wilson is getting to know yet another region of the state, serving as an AmeriCorps member in southwestern Vermont.  No matter where she is, you can be sure to find Kerry enjoying the outdoors. Kerry looks for any opportunity to spend time in the woods and counts mountain biking, skiing, rock climbing, hiking, and slacklining among her hobbies. A recent graduate of the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Vermont, Kerry is now serving as a member of the H.E.A.T. Squad at NeighborWorks of Western Vermont.

What is a typical day for you  as the H.E.A.T. Squad Engagement Specialist?

Everything is so different every day! I do community engagement and education, as well as a lot of customer service. What does that mean? I organize community events to educate homeowners about the benefits of home weatherization, and I attend all sorts of gatherings to spread the word about the services we have to offer. A lot of the time, I’m the first person homeowners will talk to about starting the process of home improvement, and I serve to make that process as simple as possible.

 

Why did you join VHCB AmeriCorps?

I joined VHCB AmeriCorps because the mission of the program aligns with my personal values, and that’s incredibly important for me. As an environmental scientist, I serve to conserve and restore our natural environment. As a community member, I serve to protect the quality of life for my neighbors. VHCB AmeriCorps understands that you can’t have one without the other.

 

What has surprised you about serving in AmeriCorps?

After graduating from college, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do. I joined VHCB AmeriCorps to gain a year of work experience, to see if this field would suit me. My thought was that it would provide guidance, and help me to hone in on what’s next. The thing is, I’ve been exposed to so many incredible opportunities that now my world of possibilities has expanded and broadened exponentially. I found new skills and passions I didn’t think I had, and it’s really opened me up to so much more potential.

 

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

There are so many incredible opportunities to do all over this state, all over the nation. You don’t have go abroad with the Peace Corps to affect change. AmeriCorps has allowed me to make a difference in my home community.

 

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

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