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Rebeccah Verhoff-Kiss, Outreach & Education Officer, ServeOhio

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Changing the World: AmeriCorps Makes a Difference

A hundred years ago, well maybe only 45 years ago, I made a decision that I needed a career that would allow me to change the world to be a better place. Idealistic? Sure. Unrealistic? Hmm, maybe not in retrospect. As I retire this week, I can easily say that I did have a career focused on making the world a better place, at least in my own city and a good deal of my career was spent managing and promoting AmeriCorps programs. Every day, everyone in AmeriCorps, each member, partner site supervisor, state officer, national officer and fellow AmeriCorps directors strive in our own ways to raise the quality of life for the people who are served through AmeriCorps services.

Wow, what a privilege to be a part of this group. In Cincinnati, I see agency and community leaders who served in AmeriCorps in their past. I run into past members who went on to become supervisors at nonprofits, those who found new career paths through their service experience network and others who serve on nonprofit boards while working in traditional corporate roles. For some, this was a stepping stone to go on to help more people, for others their AmeriCorps experience helped them better understand themselves while learning how to help others. All good stuff. Really.

I have often felt that the incredible great accomplishments of AmeriCorps deserve much more applause, praise and recognition. Survive your performance measure reports and PERS, and you will move mountains while addressing human problems. As I leave Project Advance AmeriCorps, I look back over my roles here and when managing Public Allies Cincinnati, and I still feel the same way. AmeriCorps is comprised of wonderful people who are really making this a better world. Seriously. I am proud to have been a part of this program. To those who are not yet retiring--thank you, don’t stop, keep going. It is a joy to be a part of making this world a better place.

- Dayle Deardurff, AmeriCorps Program Director, Project Advance at Santa Maria Community Services

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