The excitement of transition week (where teams come back to campus in between projects, to debrief and prepare for their next projects) has been dimmed. Saturday night one of my fellow AmeriCorps NCCC members was killed in a hit and run accident crossing the street. A street I crossed countless times last year as a corps member, a street students and pedestrians cross countless times a day. This corps member was an outstanding person. He was 19, he chose to commit a year to community service in AmeriCorps, was a determined and hard worker, and had so much to give.
Although none of us can change what happened this past weekend, the AmeriCorps community has shown why it is such a great community to be a part of, and that it is indeed a lifelong bond. Members from different AmeriCorps programs, NCCC Denver campus alumni, friends, sponsors, and others have all come forward and offered endless support. I’m lucky to be a part of this community, and it’s wonderful to see the network of AmeriCorps members supporting each other through these difficult times.
So if you’re reading this, know that AmeriCorps is strong. We always bounce back. We will continue to serve. We will continue to get things done for communities that need us. And we will do so in Reid’s memory.
New Mexico is incredibly spectacular.
Good morning from the Alamo!
Pit stop at the Cadillac Ranch!
The next adventure has begun!
I left Oklahoma City about a week and a half ago to come back to Denver and prepare for my recruitment road trip! I had a wonderful time in Denver the past few weeks, and just hit the road on a week long trip through Colorado, Texas, and New Mexico to try and spread the word of Americorps NCCC!
I was lucky enough to take Leah, one of my favorite people, along with me on this trip. Leah is also an office team leader, was my excellent roommate all last year, and an all around wonderful person.
It’s my last day in Oklahoma City. And it started with pushing our cargo van, and jump starting it in 9 degree weather.
Our first home was dedicated and moved into yesterday! So cool to see this home built and finished!
Enjoying our time at the Bass Pro Shop in OKC.
Just some oversized finger football action on the worksite.