Who knew that volunteering as a Pre-K tutor through Reading Corps would turn out to be such a life changing endeavor for me. Last year I saw a listing on Craigslist for a reading tutor. I thought to myself…“I love reading” “I can tutor", so I applied for the position. One month later I was a full-fledged AmeriCorps member, with 20 kids under me from 7am – 3pm Monday through Friday! It was a great experience, but towards the end of my term I felt called to do something else. I still had a passion for reading and helping others, so I looked for other opportunities within AmeriCorps and that’s when I stumbled upon a listing for Read Muskegon.
It felt like fate. It was a position that I felt uniquely qualified for, I didn’t have to move to another city, and after the interview I felt an immediate comradery with the other staff members. I have been with Read Muskegon now for 6 months and while it has definitely come with its fair share of challenges it is everything I had hoped for and then some. I love working with adults in my community both as learners and tutors, I love doing outreach, and I love the feeling of being a part of something bigger than myself! Read Muskegon has opened many doors for me and has given me the opportunity to meet many amazing people. I can’t wait to see what the next 6 months has in store for me!
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