Meet Our Member - Phoebe Howe
Phoebe grew up in central New Hampshire, attended Middlebury College, graduated with a joint Architecture/Environmental Studies degree, and now continues to live in Middlebury.
What is a typical day like in your AmeriCorps position?
As a Homeownership Advisor for the Mobile Home Replacement Program at Efficiency Vermont, I spend my time in a variety of ways - no two days are alike. I offer tours at our VERMOD model home open houses, staff a program booth at fairs, conferences, and home shows, conduct outreach to mobile home residents, and follow up with existing leads to guide them through the home buying process. In the field, I conduct site visits with the owner of VERMOD Homes to assess replacement opportunities and assist with homeowner training and energy testing in completed homes.
Why did you join VHCB AmeriCorps?
I was excited about the opportunity to apply my preexisting skills and interests and be part of a radical new approach to low-income homeownership.
What has surprised you most about serving with AmeriCorps?
For an entry-level position, I am impressed by how meaningful the work I get to do is and how much responsibility I was given from the get-go.
What is the highlight of serving at your site?
I enjoy being part of a fast-paced, entrepreneurial team and learning from the experience and passion of the people that I work with. I also really enjoy sharing the VERMOD product with folks who never thought they would be able to own a home that supports, not burdens, their lifestyle.
What would you like other people to know about serving with VHCB AmeriCorps?
I would like other students graduating from Vermont colleges to consider an AmeriCorps position as a way to better understand where they have been living for the past four years.