Who is Your Superhero?

Who is your superhero?

Who is your superhero?

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Becca, a member turned staff, will be the first one to say that her mom is amazing!  Being a single mom is tough but Kelli has taken it all in stride.  At one point Kelli worked four jobs on top of keeping up with two very active kids.  She didn’t miss a single baseball game of Becca’s younger brother or a single performance when Becca did color guard in high school.  Kelli also takes the title “mom” very seriously and takes in each and every person that walks through her door as if they were her own.  There has been more than one occasion where Becca had come home after work to see her friends sitting on the couch with her mom.  Kelli loves her children’s friends unconditionally and makes sure she sees them as often as she can.  It’s easy to see why Kelli is Becca’s superhero!

As a writer, Becca also admires author J.K Rowling.  Harry Potter has been life changing for her and she feels she can relate to some of J.K Rowling’s struggles, which helps Becca accept some things about her life.  Not to mention, she would love to be as successful with her writing as J.K is!

Let us know who your superhero is!  Be sure to tag us on Instagram and tag it #superselfies!

 

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More on Keepsacks.

Keepsacks

As Becca said in yesterday’s post, our annual Keepsacks for Kids project is coming up quickly.  Now that we’ve started some of our new members (and brought back a few of our old ones) we’re gearing up for this awesome event. Since Becca explained the project already, I’ll just add our request for donations and help with hygiene kits.

Ideally, our hygiene kits will be specialized by age and sex. Our wish list for each hygiene kit includes shampoo/conditioner, liquid body wash, razors and shaving cream for adults, deodorant, hair brush/comb, lotion, face/body wipes, toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, mouthwash, wash cloth or hand towel, bandages, antibiotic ointment, cotton balls, tissues, pads and tampons for adult women, and hand sanitizer. Since donations and money are scarce, we know that we should have realistic expectations.  Our most-needed items are listed in the graphic above, but we’ll happily accept any donations that come our way.  We ask that items be unopened or unused, especially if they are hotel-sized travel items.  Things that are individually packaged are best, but items in bulk that can’t be separated are always useful for large families or agencies that cater to many people.

 

We’d love for you to be a part in our Keepsacks for Kids project. On behalf of the hundreds of people who will receive a warm blanket and a hygiene kit this winter, THANK YOU!

An East Bluff update.

Here’s a local news station’s coverage of the projects we’ve been working on in the East Bluff. Check it out!

 

AmeriCorps and YouthBuild, working together to better our neighborhoods!

AmeriCorps and YouthBuild, working together to better our neighborhoods!

Meet Another Member: Alisha!

Alisha, with our unofficial office mascot.

Alisha, with our unofficial office mascot.

Hi everyone I’m Alisha. I’m 20 years old and I’ve been with AmeriCorps for a little over a year. In that time I’ve worked on many projects, a few of them being: helping at the Midwest Food Bank, volunteering at the March Madness Access the Experience, and doing various preschool projects. At the Midwest Food Bank we packaged Tender Mercies to be shipped to disasters areas. The March Madness Access the Experience Field Trip Day, is a day where they change the games for people with disabilities so that they are able to play them too. The game I helped at was called Driveway Knockout. At our most recent trip to the Urban League Preschool we read the book How Full is Your Bucket for kids and then helped the kids do a craft that I designed. The craft was to fill origami buckets with paper water droplets that had stickers of things that made the kids happy. Before we went to the preschool I had to teach all of the AmeriCorps members and Natalie how to make the buckets. My favorite thing about AmeriCorps is all the opportunities to go out into the community and help people. I also like that it gives us a chance to grow as people. I personally have seen changes in myself since joining AmeriCorps. In my free time (wait what free time?) I like to read, hang out with friends, and on rare occasions go horseback riding. My future career plans are to go into the social work field but I’m not sure what part of it. Well that’s me.

Meet a Real Member…

Not to say Natalie isn’t real, she just is the boss lady, not a member.  But I am!  My name is Rebecca, more commonly known as Becca, one of the babies of the AmeriCorps team.  This is my first term as a member and I took on the task of 675 hours, one of the four choices of terms you can have.  I am located at the Children’s Home Agency itself in one of the hottest offices upstairs.  I do a handful of different things here.  I either am emailing or making phone calls offering our services to local non-profits, working on a project for one of our events, making lists of things that need to be done, or building my relationship with the other members of the team.

I’m a Social Work major and have learned so much from being a member by gaining hands on experience that you can’t get from the classroom.  I try to stay busy in my free time when I’m not working one of three jobs or doing homework, by coming up with ideas of what I can do to help in the community.  I enjoy long walks on the beach and watching the stars…. Actually I really like taking naps and eating as much food as I can!

That about sums me up!  Happy blogging!

This is me, freezing at the Peoria Court House for HATCH

This is me, freezing at the Peoria Court House for HATCH

A-Podding We Will Go (Happy Earth Day!)

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Happy Earth Day! (click through for photo source)

It (finally) feels like Spring in Peoria! We’re celebrating by spending the day outside collecting materials for our seed pod making party this afternoon. Together with a local after school program, we’ll be getting our hands dirty and celebrating Earth Day by making portable seed pods (sometimes called seed balls or seed bombs) for easy, effortless gardening.  Here’s a great guide to making your own seed pods. It’s easy and fun!

Wildflowers growing along a highway in Texas. Imagine how much nicer your morning commute could be with a few well-placed seed pods!

Wildflowers growing along a highway in Texas. Imagine how much nicer your morning commute could be with a few well-placed seed pods! (click for source)

Happy Earth Day!

 

“In the Spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.”

-Margaret Atwood

Meet the Members…kind of.

Hello readers! Fresh from a successful night at the TBON Celebration Dinner, it’s back to work for PeoriaCorps.  We’re getting ready for the Great American Cleanup (more on that later), but in the meantime we’d like to bring you the first of many “Meet the Members” installments on the blog. We’ve got about 20 AmeriCorps members in our group, working throughout Peoria. Then there’s Julie, our fearless leader and procurer-of-funding; Jeff, the big boss in charge; and Natalie, the one on the ground (that’s me!).  While our members change every year, the three of us behind the desks stay pretty constant.  I’m the one who usually posts here (though not always; I’ll introduce you to Becca later), and I spend a lot of time with the members planning and implementing our projects in the community.  My job is basically to help the members grow through our service work, Civic Engagement activities, retreats, trainings, and educational activities. I’m lucky because I get to be a part of nearly all our projects in a hands-on way–I’ve worked side-by-side with the members for over a year now, and I love it.

Here I am (on the right) at the 2012 National Conference on Volunteering and Service with one of our former members, Carla.

Here I am (on the right) at the 2012 National Conference on Volunteering and Service with one of our former members, Carla.

So there you go–not quite a true “Meet the Members” post, since I’m not a member, but an introduction to our introductions. Now you have one face to match to what we do here, with more to come soon. If you see any of us, feel free to say hello! Just look for the AmeriCorps logo:

AmeriCorps Background

-Natalie

 

P.S. Here’s another introduction–meet Charles, our friendly neighborhood helper.

Charles, waiting for his daily snack.

Charles, waiting for his daily snack.