“AmeriCorps is a national service program where members commit 11 months to participating in community service. There are several programs that fall under the AmeriCorps umbrella all around the United States, with varying focus areas ranging from food security to education to natural resource management. AmeriCorps Cape Cod fell into the latter category, with their four focus areas being natural resource management, disaster preparedness and response, environmental education, and volunteer engagement. I saw this program not only as a way to give back to a community that I have strong childhood ties to but also as a way to build my skills in natural resource management and expand my knowledge. To me, those benefits significantly outweighed the costs of losing a salary for a year.”