Great Stories are written by Guiding Ohio Online AmeriCorps Members about their service.
When I heard of the Guiding Ohio Online program and what AmeriCorps members do for their communities, I knew it was the right step for me to go in. Straight out of grad school, I knew that the road for my career was just starting but in this job climate things seem to move slowly. I wanted to do something that I would enjoy but would also help me build teaching skills. I sat down and immediately filled out my application when I came across the Guiding Ohio Online position. I have always felt joy and enthusiasm when helping others and sharing something that might make their life easier. When I give someone information that truly helps them be more informed and I can see that they are truly grateful it makes everything we do in this program worthwhile.
Throughout this past year there have been many people come to me for help. I have grown as a teacher, community member and my approach to helping others and understanding their situation has developed tremendously. I have always been an empathetic person and this year of service has shown me why it’s important to be empathetic and help others. Even on those days when I’m tired and not sure if what I’m doing matters, by the end of that day someone usually comes along truly needing assistance that makes it all worthwhile. Some of those people stand out in my mind and I have built relationships that are rewarding and fulfilling for everyone involved. One in particular was an older woman who lived alone. I helped her save a lot of money from a contractor that was going to over charge her tremendously for work on her home. Once I showed her how to look up pricing and other information just by a simple Google search, her eyes just lit up and she continues to thank me.
Through serving others I realize that the needs in our communities are great. By having resources especially at our public libraries available in our communities to help others become educated and informed is very important. The Guiding Ohio Online program is really helpful when it comes to helping others with technology and digital literacy, which is changing so rapidly. I am proud to say that I have served this past year and I’m looking forward for the year to come.