Year: 2017

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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