• Getting Ready, Feeling Excited!

    I met AmeriCorps members for the first time when I travelled to New Orleans on a URJ Mitzvah Corps trip after my sophomore year of high school in 2012. While rebuilding a house with the St. Bernard Project, the volunteer coordinator and our site supervisors were all AmeriCorps members. Funnily enough, I found a journal entry I wrote after spending the day working and learning from them, where I wrote “I instantly felt connected to them and was mildly obsessed.”


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  • Pacific Northwest: Photoriffic Friendships

    In these pictures, we captured our new friendships built while working as counselors at the International Rescue Committee's summer camp. Spending time with the campers has given us the opportunity to see the world through their bright eyes and feel connections through their smiles.


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  • Pacific Northwest: Hinei Tov Meod: This is Very Good

    The courage to fly across the country alone, the excitement to explore, the willingness to learn about new people and to share about oneself, the invitation to be someone’s partner, the ability to ask for and give were evidence of a strong, unwavering commitment to one another and the ideals of the program.


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  • Pacific Northwest: Our Own Commandments

    Practice Forgiveness. Allow Others Second Chances. Approach challenges with a positive mindset and a can-do attitude.


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  • Costa Rica: Finding a Second Home

    The word “community” could not define this place any better because they are one big family and truly love one another.


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  • Pacific Northwest: Shifting Blessings

    As a result of challenging each other, the prayer and varying notions of God became more meaningful. Both of us believe that by accepting God as a complicated figure, we can begin to accept our complex selves and occasional failures too.


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  • Costa Rica: Part of The Community

    Most amazingly, the trip has so many adventures, yet I choose to express what I've learned because it has been unlike anything I could have expected--and I'm only halfway through the journey.


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  • Urban Mitzvah Corps: The Summer of a Lifetime

    These job sites do not just benefit the staff and residents at Regency or the counselors and kids of Play SAFE. They benefit us, the UMC participants, who will go home with experiences, friends, and memories we will never forget.


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  • Pacific Northwest: Out of Many, One

    The Shma reminds us of the importance of Oneness in our lives and in the work we are doing.  We have begun to create one community amongst ourselves, and as we prepare for the work of the week ahead, we know that it not only embodies the central creed of our faith as Jews, but it also embodies one of the original goals of this country's founders - a goal that is now the official motto of America. E Pluribus Unum. Out of many, One.


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  • Shabbat Shalom from New Jersey!

    Our hearts have been affected by so many of the people we have met over the past four weeks, by the children at Play SAFE, the speakers and presenters we have heard from, and of course, each other.


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