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Rebeccah Verhoff-Kiss, Outreach & Education Officer, ServeOhio

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A Time of Thanks and Reflection

The ghouls and goblins of October are behind us and have been replaced by November’s ruling spirit of gratitude. The theme of thankfulness was therefore forefront in my mind while visiting with members of College Now Greater Cleveland’s two AmeriCorps programs—Ohio College Guides and AmeriCorps Career Coaches—at the beginning of this month. I was curious about what experiences of service members were finding themselves thankful for in the first months of their service terms so I checked in with four members to see what they had to say.

Adam Lengel, Ohio College Guides: Thankful for my wife for supporting me in my service. This is my 4th year of service and I feel like I’ve made an impact all thanks to her support throughout.

Anna Marshall, Ohio College Guides: Going into this experience I thought I’d have a pretty good idea of what it’s like to work with students. But this experience really makes you think…you sometimes think you have it tough and that your feelings are genuine but working with students puts your experiences into perspective. It has opened my eyes to so much more. I am also thankful for the professional experience. I am interested in getting a Master of Library Science degree and in talking with students it has highlighted how the library acts as a place for people to learn and congregate.

Jun Lee, Ohio College Guides: For me, it’s knowing the students—I love those students that actually want to improve themselves and I am thankful for students that are thankful for my service. At our orientation I was not a fan of kids but after serving awhile, it is no longer a responsibility or duty under College Now. It is a commitment. I will serve them until the end. AmeriCorps has changed me a little. This service experience is full circle, because I was served by this program when I was a student.

Royale Nicholson, Ohio College Guides:   I am thankful for others in that I have been given opportunities. College Now Greater Cleveland and AmeriCorps helped give me opportunities as a student and I am serving at the same school that I attended. Once I graduated, this was the perfect opportunity to give back and serve in the same community.

At ServeOhio we are thankful for your service Adam, Anna, Jun, and Royale!


Written by: Ava Carvour

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