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    Patrick Tschida 2019 2020 Minneapolis

    After having served as a US Peace Corps volunteer in Tanzania in the 1980's, I'd always wanted to also do Americorps/VISTA.

    This opportunity came up to serve as the Community Outreach Coordinator for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) - Minnesota Chapter. I began in July, 2019, a few weeks earlier than my official orientation and swearing-in. I was anxious to get working, since my 97-year-old mom had just passed away a month earlier on June 5th. I was grieving deeply but knew that she would have wanted me to pack all that I can into my life. So, sitting around wallowing in my grieve was not going to happen.

    I was interviewed and hired by development director (PW). The executive director, (JH), is an extremely charismatic leader. He was always on the go, meeting after meeting. I was able to attend on of his trainings  on "Muslims in the Workplace" at the headquarters of a large financial institution based in Minneapolis. There were about 40 people in the conference/training center, and about another 40 on remote screen (South Africa and the UK). 

    The year had a lot of ups and downs, including several Somali owned businesses being vandalized, Rep. Ilhan Omar & Rep. Rashida Thlaib presenting to donors in the church basement, and the protest during the Oct. 2019 visit/rally downtown by the current sitting president....

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    Jayde Rankin 2019 2022 Tacoma

    I served at the Pierce County Medical Reserve Corps which is a non-profit organization partnered with the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department. I served from 2019 to 2020. During my time of serving at my site I have not only been welcomed by fellow MRC volunteers and board members, but also the Health Department Staff I collaborated with along with the community as a whole. When I've been asked about my site or our mission I am so excited to share the work that I've been fortunate enough to be a part of. I know my journey with the Pierce County MRC will not end with my service, as I have had such a great time serving the community and making a true difference. From our routine clinics to homeless response and now responding to a pandemic I have been blown away by my organization and our volunteers. I  love seeing the enthusiasm from our volunteers and just experiencing selflessness of people who want to help vulnerable populations in their community, it inspired me so much to be a better advocate and member of my community. 

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    Chaketha Samilton 2020 2021 Oklahoma City

    Having fun on my new assignment with COWIB. This year is going to be awesome.

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    Marisela Rivera 2019 2020 Carolina, Puerto Rico

    In a wonderful year full of unforgettable experiences.  deeply proud to say that I was seen AmeriCorps Vista. Thanks.

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