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Field Report: New Orleans Outreach

I came into work late today because I sang with Shades of Praise at Mitch Landrieu’s Mayoral Inauguration.  I was already feeling good about the day – a new mayor means new hope for this city.  Perhaps we’ll see some better decision making.  I found on my desk three novels and a post it saying: “Tori, you should like these. –Scott.”  Scott is one of our community volunteers.  He remembered me saying how hard it has been for me to dive into a book ever since college made reading torture.  The day isn’t over but I wouldn’t mind if that was the highlight of it.  Hopefully, I will actually read them!
 
I do a lot.  Sometimes, I feel like I should stop – but then I’d be restless.  Since the last blog I’ve performed in short plays, sang at Jazz Fest, ran a fundraiser for Baobab Leadership, flew to Maryland and back, danced and laughed.  I wanted to stay in Maryland with my family but I also wanted to be here.  I am so excited to finish my VISTA term next month, but I can’t stop myself from making a list of the many things I will miss about Outreach and New Orleans (you might get a taste of that list next time depending on how I feel :-P).
 
Basically, I’m happy. -Tori Wilson, AmeriCorps VISTA

To learn more about Tori’s work with New Orleans Outreach, visit their website at: http://www.nooutreach.org/

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