Great Stories are written by Guiding Ohio Online AmeriCorps Members about their service.
I would have to say joining AmeriCorps is the beginning to my story. I have always been kind of backwards around people. So at the beginning I wasn’t’ so sure how to approach people. I started scheduling and preparing classes.
Scheduled several for a couple months. Well I was having no luck one here one there. This just wasn’t working. So I began thinking maybe I am not able to do this. Then I Remembered I had always been told I could do anything and I had told my kids the same. Then I started thinking about that and decided one way or another I would figure this out. I started to advertise on the radio, took fliers around to all the businesses, hung them up in local store. This helped a lot. So now I had to step up and initiate the conversation and tell people what I did and give them my business cards. It was a slow start. Then I started getting calls and setting up appointments. Then I had a few location calling for groups for things like getting people ready to get their GED’s. Then information started getting out by the of mouth. Then I went and talked the people at Brown County OMJ. So they are giving out my business cards now. Starting to build on this. I just happened to go to a Senior Service group and now I have 4 regulars coming to library and I will be going to these monthly. So I am not so backward now. I really enjoy talking with people and the smile on their faces when they finally figured something out. Is worth it? YES!!! Now I know I can do this. I have decided this might be a field I might to explore more closely in the future.