Continuing My Commitment to Service

My life is not just a checklist. Before VISTA my jobs and life were all about checklists. Name badge-check. Apron-check. Smile-check. But what if the smile wasn’t a job requirement or a checkbox, but it was a benefit?  It was an outcome that was caused by the work I...

A Reflection on Service and Community

by Mitch Michalak In the first few weeks of the new year, our cohort was able to be part of a day of service in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Partnered with other AmeriCorps programs, as well as citizens of Richmond and beyond, we served at 2nd Presbyterian...

What Did I Get Myself Into?

by Jessica Grove For too long I pretended that one person’s actions couldn’t make an impact. Subconsciously I knew that if I believed that, then it removed my responsibility to do anything about what was happening around me. When I graduated college, I assumed the...

The Challenges of Mentoring Older Youth

by Sean Scott You can feel the weight of the liquid metal in your hand.  You know it’s there and it exists even as it lightens its own load bit by bit, slipping between your fingers and off the edge of your palm.  In a futile attempt to maintain control you manage to...

The Seed that Grows

by Christopher Lee Four years ago, a seed was planted in Richmond, Va. It was a seed that if nurtured properly, would have the potential to grow tall, grow strong, and spread its roots across the city. The seed could bear fruit that would sustain an entire city and...