Meet Our Member: Matt Sherman
Home Repair & Weatherization Assistant at COVER Home Repair
Matt Sherman moved from Marshfield, Wisconsin to serve with VHCB AmeriCorps. A recent graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Matt puts his degree in Materials Science & Engineering to good use as the Home Repair & Weatherization Assistant at COVER Home Repair. In his free time, Matt enjoys playing soccer, running, reading a good book, and looking for his newest favorite song.
Describe your day-to-day duties with COVER:
During home repair season, we go out on weekends with volunteer crews and work on urgently needed home repairs. Some of the projects we do include floor repairs, roofing installations, and the building of accessibility ramps. In the Winter, we change into weatherization mode with the goal of reducing air infiltration to help homeowners or renters save money on heating fuel. We target the leaks around windows and doors in an attempt to reduce the draftiness of the homes we work on.
Why did you join VHCB AmeriCorps?
In reviewing potential opportunities with AmeriCorps, the program with COVER and VHCB offered a chance to make a difference in people’s lives. I wanted to be challenged in ways that helped me give back while also exploring and experiencing an entirely new part of the country.
What are you learning or gaining out of your service?
I’ve met a lot of people I never would have had the opportunity to otherwise and had a chance to hear and understand their perspectives on life. While the experience building and repairing parts of people’s homes is invaluable, this work really helps you develop your ability to interact with people from all walks of life.
What’s the best thing about serving at your site?
The best thing about serving at COVER is the people we meet through our work. Every weekend we’re out working with a new set of volunteers to help at a new project site. While it’s quite gratifying to look back on all the work completed during the day, it can be just as rewarding to see the interactions between all involved develop over the course of a day.