Year: 2017

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Inviting the World into Our Home

When my husband David and I are not traveling, we host young internationals from EarthCorps, bringing the world into our home and mentoring the next generation of environmental leaders.  EarthCorps brings together young people from all over the planet to learn about environmental leadership, trail building, and restoration in Seattle, Washington. The young internationals range… Keep reading

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The Power of the EarthCorps Community

“How long have you been with EarthCorps?” It’s a question I get almost every weekend from curious volunteers at the events I lead. I usually say since the beginning of 2016 when I started my first year as a Corps Member, but I always pause a bit before answering. Although this is my second year… Keep reading

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The Invaluable Lessons of AmeriCorps Service

I served as an AmeriCorps member with EarthCorps in 2007. My year of service taught me invaluable leadership and teamwork skills, a strong work ethic, how to manage money on a very meager budget, and instilled in me a spirit of volunteerism that still motivates me to serve my community. Working in close quarters with… Keep reading

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AmeriCorps Week

Happy AmeriCorps Week! Did you know that the US participants in our corps programs are AmeriCorps members?  As an AmeriCorps grantee, EarthCorps is connected to a vibrant national service movement that has contributed 1.4 billion hours of service at non-profits, schools, public agencies and community groups across the United States.   This is our week to celebrate… Keep reading

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Spirit of Service

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. proclaimed that “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, what are you doing for others?” EarthCorps has seen a surge of community members wanting to give back. In January and February 2017 more than 1,100 volunteers have worked with us to improve the health of our parks; a 30% increase from… Keep reading

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Proud to be a Steward

I began my time with EarthCorps by volunteering on the weekends at various parks around the Puget Sound. I would show up Saturday morning, work in the park for a few hours, and then go home. After a month or two, I found myself wanting more. I wanted to know which native plants worked best… Keep reading

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The Tale of a Transplant

I have a secret. I’m a transplant. Not native to the Puget Sound area. Instead, I spent my seedling years in Los Angeles, California. So when I moved here in 2013, it felt pretty lonely. Even though Seattle’s an awesome place. (For example – football. We have a formidable team and they have won the… Keep reading

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EarthCorps Alumna featured at Sally Jewell’s Farewell

My story starts out like so many others. I was raised in Harlem, as an only child with a single mother, and a father I never knew.  For 20 years we lived in a subsidized, renovated tenement building, with walls so thin you could hear the rats scuttling around in the dark voids. Outside, the… Keep reading

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The Job that Sticks With You

For the past couple of months I had the honor of standing in as EarthCorps’ Program Coordinator Assistant while the real Program Coordinator was on maternity leave. There are a lot of amazing things I loved about my job, but interviewing and selecting the 2017 corps members might be my favorite responsibility. Elizabeth, the Corps Operation… Keep reading