When I think about my experience in AmeriCorps NCCC thus far I can only think of the song by Julianne Hough, “My Hallelujah Song.” The chorus of the song goes “Look at me, can't believe/ I finally made it here/ Feeling like I'm where I belong/ Singing my hallelujah song.” For the first time I feel like I am right where I need to be. I feel I am meant to be here working towards a greater good. I have met so many new people, all with the same reasons for being here: to get things done for America. It’s been a blast getting to know not only my amazing Water 4 team, but also other Corps Members and volunteers from other organizations.
I have enjoyed working with Habitat for Humanity, building three houses for families displaced by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. I find it beneficial being able to work side by side with the homeowners and learn their stories about how they came to be where they are. These relationships are the reason I enjoy doing service work so much. Learning their stories, to me, is the most beneficial aspect of service. It brings a personal side to the work we are doing. I can’t wait to see what the rest of my time with AmeriCorps will bring me.