My AmeriCorps Service Experience

by Monica Marshall, AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer & Outreach Specialist – Communications & Data Liaison 

Monica Marshall

For as long as I can remember, I’ve known that I wanted to make a positive social impact. I started fulfilling this desire of mine by volunteering. Whether it was serving food at the local soup kitchen or helping immigrants learn English, I wanted to be involved.

This is what led me to pursue a career in the nonprofit sector. I knew what AmeriCorps was because I had heard about it through friends, and I thought it would be a great stepping stone into the nonprofit field. As I was doing my research on the AmeriCorps website, and learned that their motto was to “Get Things Done,” I knew I wanted to join.AmeriCorps VISTA talking with community members at outdoor event

As I was browsing through opportunities, the Volunteer and Outreach Specialist position at Denver’s Early Childhood Council stood out to me. I loved that the organization was focused on impacting the lives and families of young children, especially since I had previously taught English abroad to children, including a group of kids aged three to six. I also loved that I would gain relevant skills and experience, such as social media/digital communications and community outreach, which are extremely useful in the nonprofit world.  

Council staff in Halloween costumesOver the course of my year of service at the Council, I’ve developed a deep respect for the professionals who work in early childhood and an appreciation for the effort that goes into making equitable, high-quality early learning experiences available to all children. 

I’m so glad I took this opportunity, and I’m especially grateful as now I have been officially hired at the Council in a newly created position: Communications & Data Liaison! In my new role, I’ll continue to support essential communication and community outreach efforts on behalf of the Council, as well as serve as the LAUNCH Together Southwest Denver data liaison.  

I’m so looking forward to learning more about the wide-ranging field of early childhood and starting my career here, and it was all because of AmeriCorps and finding a great match with an outstanding community-serving organization!  

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