I’m being honest when I say that at this time last year I didn’t know anything about AmeriCorps beyond the name. When I heard about an opportunity to work with them, I didn’t really understand it at the time that it meant a commitment to serving the community and that my work would actually mean something to people on a personal basis. I’m also being honest when I say that I wouldn’t change my choice to serve through AmeriCorps for the world. It may be a cliché, but it’s the truth.
My reasons for serving with AmeriCorps are simple: I needed experience and wanted to serve. I saw an opportunity to better both myself and my community and I took it without hesitation and I do not, cannot, regret that decision. I have served for about 5 months now and in that time I have come to recognize the value of the work done by agencies like Housing Services Mid-Michigan, my host site. I have learned more about the difficulties facing people in Michigan and about the barriers they face than I ever anticipated and I look forward to both learning more and doing more to help them however I can.
I have spent the last few months serving with AmeriCorps in ways that I was not, honestly, expecting. I helped people with paperwork, I have organized events with my host site, I have done a good deal more than I expected and I am proud of every minute of my work. My proudest moments have been my direct service with my community—working in the winter to help my host site set up their Adopt-A-Family event for one, but also my direct work with clients. I have several more months ahead of me and I look forward to them all.
— Ethan, Eaton County AmeriCorps Member