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ServiceWorks Team Reflects on One Year of Service

CPDC ServiceWorks team and volunteers engaged more than 120 young adults across communities in one year of service.

By: Marisa Strothenke, CPDC ServiceWorks

cpdc-serviceworks-team-marisa-strothenke-bioIt’s crazy to think that we have just one week remaining in our year of ServiceWorks at CPDC. Here is a final count of the many individuals we have engaged in our program. For one year and a team of just five AmeriCorps VISTA members, I’d say our impact was pretty impressive.

121 Scholars

Over the past year, ServiceWorks DC has worked hard to engage 121 Scholars. These 16-24 year old young adults have participated in team building activities, learned how to create and implement a service project, served in various volunteer projects throughout their community, gained and improved professional development skills, and worked to create a plan for their future.

It isn’t always easy to connect with individuals in this age group. During our recruiting and program implementation we definitely could see the lack of connection these young adults felt within their communities–but we didn’t stop trying. We stepped up to the challenge and let it continue fueling our passion and drive to make an impact.

128 Volunteers

ServiceWorks DC benefited from the hard work of 128 volunteers. From children to adults, these volunteers have served countless hours working to make our program a success, and in turn truly benefiting their community. Volunteers have served as personal mentors, lead professional development workshops, participated in community clean-ups, assembled care packages, painted flower pots for the after-school program, and so much more.

During the past year ServiceWorks DC has had a wonderful impact throughout so many communities. We have brought people together and continued to raise awareness of the resources that our communities lack. But none of it could have been possible without everyone’s support.

Thank you to CPDC for hosting us this past year, thank you to all the sites that allowed us to work within their communities, thank you to our volunteers who made this program truly possible, and thank you to our scholars who gave up their time to attend (and hopefully gain) something from the ServiceWorks program.

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller

Marisa Strothenke, born and raised in Wauwatosa, WI, is optimistic, nature-loving, and a recent graduate of St. Norbert College with a BA in Psychology. On campus, Marisa held leadership roles in many student organizations, coordinated campus events, planned service opportunities for students, led and participated in various alternative break trips, and worked as a Project and Marketing Coordinator in her college’s Community Service and Learning office. She is excited to be serving with CPDC as an AmeriCorps VISTA member and aims to gain skills and confidence to take the next step in her professional career. Marisa hopes to work in the non-profit field and have the opportunity to continue to create positive change within her community.


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