Fighting Poverty with Passion
|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/