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September 04, 2019 – My Personal Blog

Kaitlyn on the porch of Rose Haven.This year, at least for myself, Labor Day weekend ended with a little extra excitement than most years.  I was welcomed into the Pamlico Rose family on Tuesday as well as sworn in officially as an AmeriCorps Vista member.  For those of you who haven’t heard of AmeriCorps Vista it is an organization dedicated to service, community outreach and capacity building throughout the United States.  For the duration of the next year I will be working for Pamlico Rose as a Vista member, and I could not be more thrilled.

In May of 2019 I graduated from Washington College with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology.  So when I began looking to become a Vista member I knew that I wanted to be involved in a community where I could continue to learn about the life long evolution of psychological and physical wellness in individuals.  I am also a member of a large extended military family, that has had a huge impact on my research interests.  So when I found the opening at Pamlico Rose, an organization who sole focus was helping female veterans to grow and succeed, I knew that this was the perfect position.  My role is to help Pamlico Rose build community outreach and thus a greater capacity to help their programs succeed.  This will include growing their fundraising efforts, broadening their outreach, and helping plan events, such as our upcoming Garden Party.  Next May’s Healing Vet Weekend and Ride for Rose Haven and recruiting volunteers will be another challenge.  It’s a lot I know, but I am also with Pamlico for an entire year.  That kind of support can go a long way.

After what seemed like a whirlwind application process and apartment search I made the 10 hour move from New Jersey to North Carolina with my cat, Topher.  With the help of my lovely parents, who made the long trip with me and did a great deal of packing, loading, unloading, and unpacking, they made sure I was more than ready for my first day of work.