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Short Takes on a Year of Service!
Some final thoughts from VM Coordinators as they reflected on their service year:
"I could not have asked for a better experience. I learned more in one year than I did in my 20 or so years as a student."
"At the end of a day of construction at the site I had the opportunity of a lifetime. I was able to toss a baseball with one of the boys who would be moving into the house that volunteers were constructing. Growing up, I took for granted such simple pleasures of life. [The boy] couldn't participate in this rite of passage while living in his previous apartment. It made me realize that we were providing more than just shelter for a family. This home would allow all members of the family the opportunity to grow and develop."
"I have been a facilitator, attended Board meetings, acted on planning committees, networked, met government officials, managed a program, and the list goes on."
"I feel luckiest for having met such wonderful and amazing people. It is incredible how an extremely diverse group of people can come together to support each other, learn with and from one another, and enable each other to grow as individuals."
"It is difficult to boil a year of service down to certain events, but I think that if any one thing stands out in my memory, it would have to be when a few of the clients told me (when they were getting ready to leave the shelter) that when they really get back on their feet, they want to come back and volunteer. They feel so grateful for the many people who do so much to give them a place to stay, that they want to be able to give back and do the same thing."