Story of the Week 7/19/2016
Satisfaction in Service
by Ashley Swasey, AmeriCorps Leader, Vermont Housing & Conservation Board
One of the primary responsibilities of the AmeriCorps Leader is to coordinate service days throughout the year. Every year, the Vermont Housing & Conservation Board (VHCB)
holds a June Day of Service that brings together staff and AmeriCorps members to serve in a particular community. After two years of being a general participant in the event, I was excited to be able to be at the helm and plan the event. Many, many hours and days went to into contacting partnering organizations that could use our help and piecing together all of the elements of the day.
As the day arrived, we were greeted with torrential rains. I was concerned for the well-
being and morale of the entire group (especially those serving in outdoor projects). By the time the afternoon rolled around, the sun came out and so did the smiles, with the damp morning already becoming a faint memory. Because of the great attitudes and dedication of the people around me, all 59 of our participants were able to contribute to a record breaking 34,650 pounds of food sorted and packed at the Vermont Food Bank, walls painted in three rooms and basement organized at the Good Samaritan Haven, weeds pulled in a massive garden on the grounds of Heaton Woods Senior Home, continued work on the foundation of a house for Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity, and a half mile of invasive species pulled along the Cross Vermont Trail. I ended the day and event feeling a great sense of pride in the day and all of the individuals I serve next to on a day to day basis.
Photo credit: VHCB AmeriCorps