Keep Calm Serve On

Keep Calm Serve On

Serving with Purpose


How did I end up in Nebraska? Me and my team arrived back in December right before winter decided to show up. The mild days were awesome, the best days were filled with sunshine and I knew eventually that would come to an end. I've joined AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC)-FEMA Corps a few months ago, this is my 2nd service project and it may seem to everyone we encounter that we are living "The Good Life" but are we? Serving with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is nothing ordinary, some days are mellow, some days can be quite intense but I'm making a difference. Right now I'm midway into the program and I'm thinking "how much longer before graduation", the agony kicks in. I'm a trooper, knowing that the positive outcomes outweigh the negative ones, I'm hanging in there. I'll continue to motivate myself, looking forward to a job offer with FEMA, starting my entrepreneurial venture and seeing where else life takes me. My resume is loaded, I'm updating it with more information every week, I've definitely developed personally and professionally.

Less than a month left of our service project, I think my entire team is ready to move along in our journey, of course the work is fulfilling yet we have other obligations that we must tend to, thanks AmeriCorps. There's been so many disasters at the beginning of this year, there's no telling where we will end up. The weather is something else, I'm from Philadelphia but I do not appreciate snow or lip chattering temperatures. Got to stay "FEMA Flexible" and as winter progresses, the more I want to hibernate.

Prior to Nebraska, we were deployed to Puerto Rico, to support the disaster Hurricane Maria, we were assigned monotonous tasks. A lot of excel spreadsheets, I'm so glad I've never had to complete a spreadsheet for my 2nd service project. I work in the External Affairs department, I get to learn the "insides" of FEMA and how everyone in every other department operates as a unit. Most of you will be reading this with little knowledge of my service term. If you are a young adult, enjoy socializing with diverse groups of people, interested in shacking up with strangers oh I mean teammates and don't mind living off a modest stipend, AmeriCorps NCCC- FEMA Corps is the program for you. Just google the program I'm not recruiting anyone, I just wanted you to understand my situation.

As we say in FEMA Corps, "keep calm, serve on."

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