Tell us a little about yourself: I’ve lived in Pittsburgh for the past four years and I love the arts and music scene here! I’m a poet and a singer, so I regularly perform at open mics and readings in the city. My educational background is in communication and technical writing – I graduated with a Master of Arts in English from Slippery Rock University last year. I like to keep a really busy schedule so I’m involved in a lot of other hobbies and groups, too!
Why did you decide to serve with AmeriCorps VISTA?: I was unhappy after years of working in the corporate sector. I wanted to serve my community and make a real difference. VISTA has given me the opportunity to learn outreach and resource development from a non-profit, grassroots perspective. I look forward to every day at the Library, where I get to help patrons and put my skills to use in a way that feels productive and satisfying.
What goals do you have for your service term?: I want to build the library’s capacity in terms of volunteer management, program scheduling, and best practices for public relations. I plan to develop a comprehensive best practices “branding” kit, as well as resources that library workers, volunteers, and patrons alike can utilize. I’m also taking this opportunity to gain firsthand experience in the many forms of non-profit writing.
What projects are you currently working on with VISTA?: While I’m working on the foundation of bigger projects like the best practices kit mentioned above, my typical day is spent serving Millvale in a variety of ways! For the rest of the month of October, I’ll be organizing the monthly newsletter, writing blog and social media posts, promoting our Halloween party, managing volunteers, and reaching out to donors.
What are your plans after VISTA?: I plan to pursue a career in non-profit development, preferably for either a library or educational program. I’m also going to use this year at the MCL to decide whether or not I want to pursue a graduate degree in Library Science!