The VIP AmeriCorps Fellows are an amazing group of individuals, who work tirelessly to build volunteer programs in non-profits and educational organizations. They engage over 100 volunteers each bringing thousands of hours of services to children and families.
I asked the VIP Fellows serving in Sonoma County to share their inspiration to serve. Enjoy and have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
|The Sonoma County VIP team at the 2011 VIP Conference in Sanger, CA|
Richelle Andrae, Taylor Mountain: I trust that adults investing our time and sharing our passions with youth is the only way to make the world a more beautiful place! I am reminded each time a challenging kid smiles at me, or asks me how I'm doing.
Melissa Collins, Kawana Elementary: It is a part of my DNA. For as long as I can remember I have always had the need to help people, and put their needs before my own. It is something that comes naturally.
Holly Cumbie, Meadow View: It makes me a better person.
Patrick Link, Leader: I desire to learn more about others beyond my comfort zone. I enjoy the way that service challenges me through exposure to diverse populations. Whether it be children, co-workers, or community members, I enjoy learning about others' cultures and styles of work. I find that so often it is easy to retreat when exposed to something different, but while serving I wasn't given that option--and that has made it all the more rewarding and satisfying.
Jaime Leimkuhler, Extended Child Care: it is my passion. We are all put here on this Earth to serve in one way or another. Talking with people, being apart of a community is what makes me feel whole, makes me feel alive. I serve, and have been served. I am inspired to serve because I am living.
Tyler Rockey, R.L.Stevens: I tend to feel good when I help other people...Perhaps I am just fortunate that doing what makes me feel good also happens to be that which society describes as serving.
Kelsey McBride, SCAN: There are many things in this world that we have no control over. Therefore, the most important thing one can do in life is try to help someone else get through the things in life that just happen.
Julianna Whittaker, Bellevue Elementary: I can't imagine doing anything else. My parents raised me to always help out when I can, and taught me to do so by example. I am so grateful that I have the opportunity help others, and I am so glad that my position allows me to share with others how they can make a difference as well.