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Sep 17
Posted by mmelendez to Advice
I still think about the conversations I had as a volunteer for a crisis hotline. I remember a caller making peace with a life-changing decision he had to make. I remember his calmness despite his knowledge of the rough road ahead. I remember a girl who happily read me a poem she had written; the hopefulness and optimism of her words in contrast to the sadness of her past.
Sep 16
Posted by mmelendez to Service Enterprise Initiative
Three years ago, Feeding America San Diego was at a turning point. The local volunteer center had closed, which meant a loss of volunteer team leaders who facilitated food packing projects along with fewer referrals of individuals and corporate groups. I knew the power of volunteers, but our food bank had limited internal resources to make up for the gap. The Service Enterprise Initiative gave us strategies that worked.
Sep 12
Posted by mmelendez to AmeriCorps Alums
Do you know any ruthless optimists? You know, the friends who just won’t take no for an answer and instead organize the best food drive you’ve ever seen? Know any rugged idealists, who can make a fundraiser out of nothing in no time to support disaster relief efforts? If you know folks like these, you probably know humble, hard-working AmeriCorps alums.
Sep 12
Posted by mmelendez to AmeriCorps Alums, Tracy Hoover, On Point
The journey of a thousand miles may begin with a single step – but for more than 900,000 AmeriCorps alumni, the journey of a lifetime of service began with 11 words from a powerful pledge. “I am an AmeriCorps member, and I will get things done.”

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