Being a product of AmeriCorps, which promoted a "lifetime of service", and having a degree in social work pushes me to find new ways to use my craft to help others. One of my mentors said, "one's hairstylist can sometimes be the only person they touch in a day or with whom they personally interact. It is our job to ensure that the interaction is a positive one." My clients come from all walks of life and knowing that they trust me with their personal stories and care touches my heart-every day. 

What a transformative year. I can't imagine the person I'd be if it wasn't for AmeriCorps. I wouldn't have the strength of character and ability to self-reflect that, even at times when wavering in doubt, supports me now. I would most certainly not have had the courage to move away from everything I thought I knew in 2009 if it weren't for the incredible, and sometimes even magical, places I experienced in 2004. This was my first time away from home and I was scared out of my mind. I had never led in such a capacity or camped in a tent (except in my childhood yard) or driven a 15-passenger van or worn khaki cargos. Without my *NCCC experience, I would not have my continued belief that community service does as much for the individual as it does for the group. I look forward to my weekly volunteer work with as much joy as I do my regular paying work. For that, I am fortunate. And, I am fortunate for the incredible souls who taught me numerous lessons in courage, in being an individual, in compassion, in strength and represented the qualities of the person that I wanted to become. Thank you Sun Unit, my other TLs and corps members. You truly have no idea how much your individual grace and care inspired then and continue to lead me today. I wish you all the best things in the world. 🌟🌟🌟 "The best way to not feel hopeless is to get up and do something. Don't wait for good things to happen to you. If you go out and make some good things happen, you will fill the world with hope, you will fill yourself with hope." Barack Obama #nationalvolunteerweek

What a transformative year. I can't imagine the person I'd be if it wasn't for AmeriCorps. I wouldn't have the strength of character and ability to self-reflect that, even at times when wavering in doubt, supports me now. I would most certainly not have had the courage to move away from everything I thought I knew in 2009 if it weren't for the incredible, and sometimes even magical, places I experienced in 2004. This was my first time away from home and I was scared out of my mind. I had never led in such a capacity or camped in a tent (except in my childhood yard) or driven a 15-passenger van or worn khaki cargos. Without my *NCCC experience, I would not have my continued belief that community service does as much for the individual as it does for the group. I look forward to my weekly volunteer work with as much joy as I do my regular paying work. For that, I am fortunate. And, I am fortunate for the incredible souls who taught me numerous lessons in courage, in being an individual, in compassion, in strength and represented the qualities of the person that I wanted to become. Thank you Sun Unit, my other TLs and corps members. You truly have no idea how much your individual grace and care inspired then and continue to lead me today. I wish you all the best things in the world. 🌟🌟🌟 "The best way to not feel hopeless is to get up and do something. Don't wait for good things to happen to you. If you go out and make some good things happen, you will fill the world with hope, you will fill yourself with hope." Barack Obama #nationalvolunteerweek


AmeriCorps: National Forest Service & Habitat for Humanity

AmeriCorps: National Forest Service & Habitat for Humanity

Phone-banking for the 2012 election

Phone-banking for the 2012 election

Provided hair and makeup for these beautiful women attending their achievement ceremony

Provided hair and makeup for these beautiful women attending their achievement ceremony

KEEN LA

KEEN LA

MLK Day of Volunteering

MLK Day of Volunteering