Coming from a small, rural town in Ohio, I had never heard of AmeriCorps until my senior year of college, when I was offered an AmeriCorps position at Indiana University East. At the time I turned that position down, but as I learned more about the AmeriCorps mission and what members did during their year of service, I was sure that it was something I would look into in the future.
So early this year when my husband Storm got his orders to be relocated to Andrews Air Force base, I took the plunge and began looking for an AmeriCorps position in the D.C. area. In the hope getting out of my comfort zone I researched various AmeriCorps positions that would challenge me, and reached out to the places I felt were best suited to how I wanted to serve. That's when I came across the Strategic Partnerships Coordinator position with Code of Support Foundation (COSF).
They had everything I was looking for – the ability to serve and help alleviate poverty from military service members and their families while still building my own personal skill set. As an active duty military wife, I have firsthand experience in how military families need a special set of resources due to their unique situations, and I especially know how isolating it is to be away from your spouse during deployment. When you have no prior connections with the military or anyone in your close personal circle who understands what you are going through, it helps to have an organization that can provide you with the tools you need to make it through the difficult times. I am excited to be working with COSF to build their capacity so they can continue to do the very important work that they do.