Through AmeriCorps service, former Peace Corps member learns of needs here at home

by Jared Paben

" ... I was always blind to the needs of American cities and towns ā€“ I always assumed that the greatest needs were elsewhere: in developing nations."

Through AmeriCorps service, former Peace Corps member learns of needs here at home

Tim S. served in the Peace Corps, where he saw communities in need of help. But it wasn't until he joined the Resource Assistance for Rural Environments (RARE) AmeriCorps program that he realized the degree to which rural communities in our state - and elsewhere in our country - need assistance.

Tim is serving at the South Coast Development Council in Coos Bay. His story of service:

Before the RARE AmeriCorps program, I served in the Peace Corps and got excellent experience in self-growth as well as hands-on experience in serving others in need. However, for a long time, I was always blind to the needs of American cities and towns ā€“ I always assumed that the greatest needs were elsewhere: in developing nations. RARE has pulled off my blinders and shown me that there is need everywhere and that it typically looks the same no matter what kind of nation it exists in. Rural Oregon, and especially my community on the South Coast, is struggling. Industries which once built these communities are slowly falling apart, causing their cities to follow suit. I never would have experienced the need of America had I not joined the RARE AmeriCorps program, and though my work is reflective of the work I did in Zambia, I feel a little more pride and accomplishment because Iā€™m doing something for my own country.

Posted on May 26, 2014 in AmeriCorps.