Mariah Lowry, CAC AmeriCorps Member 2018-2019
Ever heard of the Biophilia Hypothesis? The theory was initially proposed by biologist Edward Wilson and suggests that human beings possess an innate desire to form connections with nature and other forms of life and this connection, in turn, promotes healthier lifestyles. A quick internet search inquiring about the links between cognitive and social well-being in relation to environmental surroundings yields numerous studies that support this link between access to a diverse and healthy environment with stronger mental health in populations. For instance, studies have shown that children Continue reading “The Challenge of Encouraging Environmental Awareness and Design”
Ariel Allen, CAC AmeriCorps 2014-15, CAC AmeriCorps Staff
VISTA member Hannah Freeman’s numbers might be small, but they are mighty. But sometime the quantitative doesn’t paint the whole service picture. It merely provides an outline. The qualitative is what gives experience it’s richness. Plus, part of the qualitative includes Hannah rubbing elbows with the mayor and dressing up as a pea at a local community event.
Continue reading “Power of Kindness and Persistent Inclusivity”
Ariel Allen, CAC AmeriCorps 2014-15
Gordon Harless, CAC AmeriCorps VISTA 2018-19
As for why AmeriCorps, Gordon Harless currently serving at CAC Housing & Energy, would say that he chose to serve for selfish reasons. Yes, he wanted to help and give back to the community and society in general, but mainly because doing so made him feel better about himself. Service in AmeriCorps VISTA was almost a reset button for his life, both professionally and personally.
Continue reading “Irreplaceable”
As evidenced by the number of pet pics many of us carry on our phones, our furry companions provide love, loyalty, supportive hugs and snuggles, a touching dependency, and hilarious hi-jinx. They inspire, amuse, rescue, comfort, and complete us, and this day is dedicated to giving them the recognition they deserve. To all our best friends, here and gone, we love you. Continue reading “National Pet Day: April 11”
By Jason Scott
For National Pet Day (April 11th) I wanted to reflect on the role that cats played in my second year of AmeriCorps service back in 2007. It was the winter and I had relocated to Jacksonville, Florida in January for my second term of service with Florida State Parks. Continue reading “Cat Man Deux – A tribute to two Americats”
Article Author: Megan Geer, serving at Ijams Nature Center (2018-2019)
What made you decide to join AmeriCorps? Was it what you thought it would be?
When I decided to join AmeriCorps it was very much an opportunity to boost my resume with actual work experience in a field that I had no experience in. It turned out to be much more than just some entry level opportunity. I wish I had joined with the sole intention of giving back to the community that has given me so much but that wasn’t the case when I started. However, after joining I quickly realized that AmeriCorps was going to be a year filled with meeting wonderful people and making a big difference in a wonderful community. My time serving has shown me ways to connect with people that Continue reading “Self-Discovery through AmeriCorps Service”