Fighting Poverty with Passion
|“The purpose of the drum is multifold. I like to use it to drum away my troubles, beat the frustration until there is nothing left but rich sound. I’ve learned through Outreach that the power of a drum circle is unity – the meaning behind the circle. One person may lead – and we all follow. We may all just play in unison. Or, when it works really well – we each add a new and different sound – making the air sweet.
That is why I understand that it is a blessing working with New Orleans Outreach. It’s been about 6 months now and I can honestly say that I enjoy being a Volunteer Supervisor at Outreach. I love the location of my office – in the heart of the education movement. I love the genuineness of my supervisors. I love community volunteers who treat their tutoring like a fun job. I love hearing about a service-learner’s perspective changing experience in a classroom. I love how a bad day can be erased by the small arms of a child who just needs you to know that they love you. Despite recurring frustrations: what I am doing here, why am I broke – how do I “create sustainability” or the better question – what does that even mean? There is always room for error. And with that error usually comes a lesson learned and effective results. And yes, we bang on drums when we need a break. But if that’s the method that leads to happy kids and me understanding why I’m here then brump-a-pom-pa!
Perhaps next month I’ll have more substance than just those rainbows and butterflies above – but that’s how I feel right now.” – Victoria (Tori) Wilson, AmeriCorps VISTA Member
For more information about New Orleans Outreach, visit their website at: www.nooutreach.org