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Wearing out the AmeriCorps hat

AmeriCorps hat

By AmeriCorps member Eli Woodbeck

In January 2012, I began my first AmeriCorps term, serving at Habitat for Humanity of Kent County.  I served as the warehouse assistant, helping to load building supplies for our site supervisors, offer support to on-site volunteers, and fulfill needed deliveries from mulch to pea stone, cabinets to water heaters.  Most every day, I wore my black AmeriCorps hat as I performed my various roles.  In October of that year, I began a second AmeriCorps term.  This time, I would serve as a GED Specialist at Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids, Inc.  Due to the nature of an office setting, I could not wear my AmeriCorps hat in the same daily manner as before.  So, I was always eager to sport my hat during any of our half dozen service projects throughout the year.  Since my service term ended in October of 2013, I’ve continued to wear my AmeriCorps hat any time I’m looking to get things done—assisting friends in a move, working in the garden, or helping to make home improvements.  I wear my hat with pride, and I feel it offers that extra vigor I need to make sure a task is done well.  As an AmeriCorps member, I pledged to carry the commitment with me that service year and beyond.  I can say it’s both an honor and a pleasure to do so.

Hope this can inspire you (and others) to continue to serve proudly for AmeriCorps, getting things done for our community and our country to make it safer, smarter, and healthier.