I Have The Heart of A Teacher – #AmeriCorpsWorks

By Renee Irwin I graduated from IUP with a Bachelor’s Degree in English Writing. I had huge plans. I was going to make a name for myself at a local newspaper and write for online magazines. I started applying for jobs right away, only to discover that nobody wanted to hire me. I had no experience, and to my surprise, nobody wanted to give me any experience to put onto a resume. I was stuck. I … [Read more...]

Special Initiatives Broaden Service Reach – #AmeriCorpsWorks

Pennsylvania Mountain Service Corps AmeriCorps Members serve at one of 75 host sites throughout 16 counties in the PA Alleghenies. Members also support regional community projects. The Special Olympics is one such community project supported by PMSC AmeriCorps. Hundreds of athletes, coaches, family, friends and volunteers descended upon Seven Springs Ski Resort in Southwest Pennsylvania, … [Read more...]

Healing Arts Supports Recovery – #AmeriCorps Works

As an AmeriCorps member serving at BOTTLE WORKS, I have the opportunity to coordinate Healing Arts programming  for certain in-need audiences. At Peniel Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Center, we offer both Creative Writing and Photography for residents who are in the last phases within their recovery process. During the Creative Writing workshop, we have been able to reach this population … [Read more...]

“You Helped Me Read” – #AmeriCorpsWorks

Johnny, a 3rd grade student I tutor for reading, ran up to me one morning to tell me he read a book all by himself.  It was the first time he was ever able to do it.  He looked at me and said, "I can read, because you helped me." It's a very simple story, but knowing how much Johnny struggles can give some perspective; Johnny is in third grade, but when he was assessed at the beginning of the … [Read more...]