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Like a Boss

Article Author:
Alanna McKissack, Executive Director of Keep Blount Beautiuful & CAC AmeriCorps Member 2015-2016

On my college graduation day, I like many others had no idea where my life was headed next. I had applied for numerous jobs and graduate school programs. None of which seemed to be working out for me. While graduating from the University of Tennessee with a degree in Biology was the happiest moment of my life, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do next.

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Water you doing?! The Story of Two Years of Service!

Article Author:
Joseph Konvicka, CAC AmeriCorps member 2015-2016

If you’re reading this post, you may know a thing or two about me.  I am writing this to those who do not know me or do not know me well.  While I have become more socially connected to others during my terms of service, I am still reserved and details on my life are obscure to my peers unless coaxed out of me.  I feel like the information I am presenting is especially important to those considering serving with AmeriCorps.

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Curing Inaction

Article Author:
Rachel Newcomb, CAC AmeriCorps member 2015-2016


As a young kid my favorite part of my family’s weekly routine was when my mother would pull the car into a parking lot between a Food Lion and a store bearing a cow wearing 3-D glasses. This wondrous place was called MOOVIES and it’s where we picked our choice of VHS rentals for the week.

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What If?

Article Author:
Samantha Stoklosa, CAC AmeriCorps member 2014-2015 & 2015-2016

As I approach the end of my second term as a CAC AmeriCorps member, the one question I ask myself is: “What if I had taken the other AmeriCorps position?” Before I talk about this “oh so important question,” I need to back up a little bit and start from the beginning.

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How #AmeriCorps Works for Sarah

Article Author:
Sarah Anderson, CAC AmeriCorps member 2015-2016 with introduction by CAC AmeriCorps Program Director, Jason Scott

When Volunteer Tennessee, our state AmeriCorps commission, asked CAC AmeriCorps to submit the profile of a stand-out member for AmeriCorps Week, everyone in the CAC AmeriCorps office felt very strongly about spotlighting Sarah Anderson.  Sarah has demonstrated tremendous initiative, perseverance and composure as she has worked with an uncharacteristically high degree of autonomy to advance the work of Keep Sevier Beautiful with creativity and passion.

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A Woman in a Brawny Man’s World

Article Author:
Ariel Allen, Staff & CAC AmeriCorps Alum 2014-2015

Featured Image by Ariel Allen

When tasked to find an applicant to round out our 40 member corps for a manual labor position working with the Aslan Foundation, someone like Christine Doka wasn’t immediately who came to mind. Envisioning the paper towel legend “Brawny-Man” was, admittedly, my first instinct. Flannel optional. We instead discovered a petite 22 year old University of South Carolina Environmental Studies major who was eager to extend her knowledge and skills. What she might have lacked in initial brawn, was quickly forgotten by her willingness to do hard labor and ability to find a rhythm in an unfamiliar work environment. We recently sat down with Christine to chat about her experiences.

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