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Reflections on a Year of National Service
Editor's Note: Meet Megan Thompson, a VISTA volunteer serving in Eastern Washington. She is performing a year of National Community service through the AmeriCorps VISTA program. (Think of it as a domestic Peace Corps program.) Her column each month will reflect on her experiences in working in a community to build capacity. This is the story of volunteer community service as up-close and personal as it comes. (VISTA--Volunteers in Service to America)
"ALL HAVE PLACES IN THE CHOIR"
Though trained to work with at-risk youth, I began with recording and transcribing meeting notes. Now that I do interact directly with the youth, I sometimes find myself at a loss for words. Though this can make my ego issues spin, it really doesn’t matter, since VYC always has a variety of adults on hand.
Megan Thompson has volunteered since tutoring Vietnamese refugees as a high school student. She earned a masters in social work from Eastern Washington University, following a BS Business Administration with a management and organization specialization from Central Washington University, and Columbia Basin Community College degrees in Chemical Dependency and Human Services. After 15 years of coordinating and administrative support roles, she began self-employment as a grant writer, before suspending it for her year of National Service. She has written and researched grants for various Eastern Washington non-profits serving at-risk children, youth, and young adults.
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