Being an AmeriCorps member has turned service into a way of life

Shaunagh McGoldrick - AmeriCorps State member

Justice for Montanans Project

'Being an AmeriCorps member has turned service into a way of life.  Volunteering is no longer just my job or a way to achieve academic credit, it is the way in which I actively engage in my community and have become a part of it.  Perhaps most important beside the actual work I do with Office of Consumer Protection & Victim Services, this experience has provided me with access to an incredible network of like-minded individuals.  I receive several emails a week about volunteer opportunities in the community from people within this network.  We are all dedicated to service and our experience as AmeriCorps volunteers does not end at our service site.  At most community events in Helena, I will run into other AmeriCorps members who are helping in some capacity. 

The opportunity to work with Office of Consumer Protection & Victim Services, which I would never have had without AmeriCorps, has helped me figure out what career path to follow.  AmeriCorps is not just providing years of valuable volunteerism to agencies, it is creating generations of individuals who understand the inherent value of service on a local and national level.'

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