By Joana Lwin
My experience serving as an AmeriCorps member with EMBARC Waterloo is incredible. Everyone in the office has been very helpful, friendly, and inspiring. We understand each others' needs and everyone is there to help each others out. Even though we are in multiple programs, we are all connected just like we are working on the same project. I am proud to be part of EMBARC to serve my community. For example, everyone on the Waterloo team came and support each other to help the community members filling out applications at our FOIA clinic. Everyone was willing to miss out on spending time with their families to be there and work together to do it correctly and run smoothly.
My supervisor have been great and friendly to me. We have built a strong relationship and I felt like I can talk to her about everything and every problem I have. My supervisor have not only been helping me with my work as a RefugeesRISE member, but has also helped me a lot with schools, filling out scholarship and going through college process with me. I respect her a lot and she serves as a role model for me. She reminded me of my strength when I’m down. I would say she’s not only my supervisor but also a friend, family and my counselor.
About the Blog
The service members of RefugeeRISE AmeriCorps have compiled stories of success during their membership. This blog was created with the intent of sharing these valuable stories with the public.