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Danielle's Story


As I approached my undergraduate graduation date, I had no idea what I wanted to do. Drawing from my volunteering experiences over my spring breaks, I searched for domestic volunteer and service programs and voila! Enter AmeriCorps. My experience changed my life. I served with the City of Oak Ridge Stormwater Department, a service site that is a part of CAC AmeriCorps in East Tennessee. The work we did was fulfilling and fun! Plus, I was serving alongside 40+ other CAC members who held similar values to myself, which created an awesome group dynamic. We volunteered with one another’s service sites, supported and motivated each other throughout the year. I feel we truly made a difference in East Tennessee and I am forever grateful for the opportunities we had with CAC AmeriCorps. I was nervous beforehand, not having been so far from home and no idea what the experience would be like; I have no regrets. I was terribly sad to leave and, to this day, I still get a little jealous when I get updates from CAC AmeriCorps as they continue serving East Tennessee – I miss it a lot. I am now working towards earning my Master’s Degree, which will allow me to continue serving my community throughout my career. Serving with CAC is where I found my passion for the intersection of the natural and social sciences. I will forever be grateful for the time I spent there, for the people I met along the way, and, most of all, having the opportunity to serve.