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“Planting Seeds of Hope”

cpdc-serviceworks-team-terrica-mitchella-bioBy: Terrica Mitchell, CPDC ServiceWorks

Over the past few months in Edgewood there have been some heartbreaking events that shook up the community–but also brought people together in one way or another.

I must admit entering into this community felt like walking into the unknown, however, I am glad to have made the journey. Through serving as an AmeriCorps Vista in Edgewood’s community I have personally come to find that Edgewood is a unique place comprised of amazing residents who are passionate about their community and desire to change it for the better.

While engaging with young adults within the community they expressed the desire to have more of a voice and presence where they live; my hope is that ServiceWorks will meet this need in some way or another.  This is third week of ServiceWorks at Edgewood and we have young adults who are actively planning a film project to address bullying in the community from their own lens. How awesome!

A wise woman once said: “Dreams are the seeds of change. Nothing ever grows without a seed, and nothing ever changes without a dream”.  These words echoed throughout my mind after participating in the Edgewood Beautification service project we hosted this month. As we planted new seeds in the garden it dawned on me these seeds were a representation of hope. Hope for progression, unity, and most importantly love within Edgewood. I am enlivened thinking about the possibilities of what the future holds for this community once the seeds of hope bloom.

Terrica Mitchell, originally from Tampa, FL, is a recent graduate of Mary Baldwin University (Staunton, VA) with a B.A. in Political Science. In college she served as an active leader in numerous organizations including: Black Student Alliance, Minority Clubs United, Ida B. Wells Society and was a “Big Sista” in the Ubuntu Mentoring program. Along with her various campus roles, she worked in the Office of Institutional Advancement and the Office of Inclusive Excellence. As a ‘Boldy Baldwin’ woman, Terrica dares to be intentional and dedicated to civic engagement and seeks out opportunities to give back to communities.

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