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Field Report: Communities in Schools

Last week, Communities In Schools of Greater New Orleans inducted the first cohort of our 2011-2012 State and National AmeriCorps at the Southern Food And Beverage Museum (thanks, Meaghan!).   One of our speakers was Sandy Dochen, who is the Manager of Corporate Citizenship and Corporate Affairs for Texas, Louisiana, and Arkansas at IBM.  The best advice he gave to our new AmeriCorps was a quote his grandfather always told him: “If you’re too big to do the small things, then you are too small to do big things.”  I really think that it is a piece of advice that all AmeriCorps should carry with them.

     On many occasions, our time spent serving in AmeriCorps is filled with miniscule tasks that can make us feel like we are not truly contributing to the greater good of our community.  At times, it can become frustrating and discouraging.  We may even feel like we are “above” doing these tasks.  However, we must keep in mind that these everyday, sometimes mindless, tasks must be completed.  The bigger picture, or rather the mission of our organization, cannot be achieved if those small jobs are not completed.  So as you continue on with your year of AmeriCorps, you must remember that you are contributing to the greater good of the community.  We must all help to complete the small tasks, in order for the big things to even be possible.

– Christina Caryl, Tulane AmeriCorps VISTA, Communities in Schools Greater New Orleans. Visit Communities in Schools Greater New Orleans, to learn more about the outreach program and volunteer opportunities in your area.

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