Friday, December 04, 2009

VSD welcomes new AmeriCorps Members

We have the pleasure of welcoming our two newest AmeriCorps VISTA members. Both have already hit the ground running here at VSD and we are so excited to have them!

Jen Buckley, AmeriCorps VISTA
Service Events Coordinator

I am the new AmeriCorps VISTA Service Events Coordinator and I am very excited to be working with such a great organization. I am originally from Richmond, VA where I lived for the past 6 years. I received my degree in Psychology (minor in Sociology) from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in 2008. I was a literacy coach for AmeriCorps State and National program. During this term, I put on a community service project for a lower income neighborhood in Richmond and realized how much I enjoyed setting up events so I thought that I would try out event coordination in my next job to see if this was the career path that I wanted to take. I was ready for work in the Nonprofit sector and I am delighted to have the opportunity here in sunny San Diego.

I love to build bicycles and go hiking/camping with any free time I have. I am brand new to this city so I am always looking for opportunities to join outdoor clubs or find new places to explore.

Rich Easter, AmeriCorps VISTA
Development Coordinator

I am excited to be returning to San Diego in order to help nurture and sustain a culture of volunteerism throughout “America’s Finest City.” Prior to joining the VSD team, I was a Senior Program Specialist for Reading Is Fundamental, Inc. in Washington, D.C. where I managed volunteer-run children’s literacy programs throughout the country. What really drew me to VSD was the importance of its mission and its commitment to making volunteer opportunities meaningful. Outside of the office, I am always in the kitchen coming up with new recipes or at a local venue checking out live music. I received my Bachelor’s Degree from the University of San Diego in Political Science, and look forward to serving a community that has enriched me in so many ways.

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