By: Sarah Klotz, CPDC ServiceWorks
As CPDC’s ServiceWorks team ramps up and rolls out the first cycle of the program, I keep in mind that we are the first affordable housing developer to function as host site of this groundbreaking, national program. Yesterday at CPDC’s southern Alexandria, Virginia community, StonyBrook, I received a dose of what this may mean for the success of our program. My simple insight was this: when knocking on the doors of homes and promoting within a community, we are not simply speaking to the 16-24 year olds who qualify for this leadership development training. We’re speaking to entire communities. In just one afternoon I spoke with residents and community members of just about every age about ServiceWorks. From younger siblings to parents and many interested passersby, our strength becomes this larger involvement. The entire day highlighted the careful steps that accompany being a stranger and an outsider in a community–and also how exciting it is to meet families.
“We are not simply speaking to the 16-24 year olds who qualify for this leadership development training. We’re speaking to entire communities. From younger siblings to parents and many interested passersby, our strength becomes this larger involvement.”
Sarah Klotz, a native of the DC area, is a recent graduate of the College of William and Mary with a B.A. in Hispanic and Cultural Studies. Prior to her VISTA term she studied social movements and development in Argentina and Colombia. She went on to work in outreach and communications with SIT Study Abroad and the Latin American Youth Center and provided visual media production support at the Center for Law and Social Policy in DC. Sarah enjoys the craft arts, especially ceramics, video production, and jumping around outside.