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    Dog Tags

    As we interviewed AmeriCorps Veterans 1:1, there were many "ah-ha" moments and phrases that were poignant and meaningful. Here are some verbatim comments, put in the form of Dog Tags, that depict what serving in AmeriCorps has meant to those veterans.

    Feel free to view or download one or all of the dog tags below to utilize in your recruitment and training process.


    We help people build life skills moving them from poverty to prosperity- help them get housing, get associates degrees, manage checking accounts, establish work history, maintain a job We help people build life skills moving them from poverty to prosperity- help them get housing, get associates degrees, manage checking accounts, establish work history, maintain a job AmeriCorps VISTA has been a really good experience- I have developed many skills: interpersonal communication skills, management skills, and managing volunteers, interviewing skills, orienting volunteer skills, etc. AmeriCorps gives me an opportunity to help people I really liked my experience with AmeriCorps... being placed at a site that matches one's interests is most pivotal point, as it made the whole experience for me 3 million times better This will be a stepping stone to gain another job by having AmeriCorps on my resume, as it means a great deal to employers I am a service-oriented person and a humanitarian at heat. AmeriCorps service means being involved in the community more In AmeriCorps, service is connecting one human to another and it's about making a positive impact for that reason Service is a willingness to work toward goals that may not be your own- committing to someone else's well-being, education, life, or happiness It gets me out of my comfort zone and puts me in situations where I have to stretch- I get to learn a lot It seemed similar to a military commitment- had to devote one year of your time and it was structured... As another opportunity to serve my country, stateside- I spent 10 years active duty in the Navy What keeps you in the AmeriCorps Program? I finally had a purpose again- a good motivator for me. Volunteering and helping people is very satisfying What keeps you in the AmeriCorps Program? It was a place of refuge for me, like a sanctuary and I loved it What keeps you in the AmeriCorps Program? I loved the people I worked with and did good things- helped people help people and that means a lot to me I came to this program and it has been going on for a year. I came here as a patient- I would not be as far along with my recovery if I wasn't in the program AmeriCorps is a great place to serve, meet people, go to different places- great opportunity- to grain funds to help with education- very good incentives For people going into AmeriCorps, being placed at a site that matches their interests is the most pivotal point- as it made the whole experience for me three million times better- got so much out of my service This was one of the best times in my life serving in AmeriCorps- it was one of the greatest things I've ever done AmeriCorps brought my best qualities out If you don't have a purpose in life it's hard to get out of bed every morning AmeriCorps has given me the education and the knowledge to understand my disability and give me a purpose in life

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