AmeriCorps Week 2022
by RTB Staff Desk
March 13th - 19th is AmeriCorps Week. Since 2008, Rebuilding Together Baltimore has hosted AmeriCorps members, and they have added to our capacity in many ways. AmeriCorps members have contributed over 50,000 hours of service to RTB!
Did you know that our office is 100% staffed by AmeriCorps Alums? That’s right! Everyone, from our executive director to our program managers, served in an AmeriCorps program at some point. We could not be prouder to host courageous and curious Americans who want to be of service to their communities. Currently, we are hosting two AmeriCorps members in partnership with the Rebuilding Together National Office. Jay M. and Chalonda A. are members of CapacityCorps, and part of a group of dozens of AmeriCorps members serving in Rebuilding Together affiliates across the country.
Jay M. started her term in September 2021. She is a native of Baltimore City and a graduate of Morgan State University. Jay grew up in Govans, in the neighborhoods where she currently performs repair work. Before joining us, she served as a Life Enrichment Specialist at Catholic Charities of Baltimore. She says of her AmeriCorps experience:
“One of my greatest successes so far this year would be the new set of skills I've learned from Salesforce to staff work. I started my term with no knowledge of Salesforce and very little knowledge about power tools and now I feel confident in using them both. I get excited when I think about applying this knowledge to things outside of RTB after my term has ended. My goals for the second half of the year include improving or increasing my community association presence. It's something that I have shied away from, but it seems like an important aspect in this line of work.”
Chalonda A. started her term in January 2022. She grew up in Washington D.C. and is a graduate of Walden University. She recently moved to Maryland after living in Georgia and is excited to try out a new field of service work. Before joining us she worked for the Georgia Department of Human Services. She says of her AmeriCorps experience:
“Despite the fact that the majority of my professional career has involved service, I joined AmeriCorps because I wanted to experience being of service in a position that directly affected individuals in my community. I have learned so much about the impact unhealthy homes can have on the individuals living in them and the overall community. As an AmeriCorps member I hope to dive further into solutions for long-term home maintenance for the individuals we serve.”
RTB is excited to help AmeriCorps members reach their personal and professional goals by forming deeper relationships in Baltimore. We are also committed to making sure our AmeriCorps members have the resources they need to succeed during their year of service. If you are interested in serving with RTB, stay tuned to our website and email newsletters.