ANGIE - Consumer Advocate, Settlement Health in Harlem
Hometown: Johnstown, PA
Why do you aspire to serve?The reason that I aspire to serve has changed over the two years I have volunteered through AmeriCorps CHCANYS. At first, I was passionate about literacy and wanted to work to reduce disparities through translation. After having discovered that I have two chronic health conditions, lupus and fibromyalgia, health education has become my true passion. To help people to understand and to manage life-changing and life-threatening disease like my own is to empower myself to do the same.
Why did you pick NYC as your location of service?
Last year I served upstate in Newburgh, NY. While I had a very strong sense of community and enjoyed the surrounding nature and culture, I wanted a change of position and scenery. The health education trainings and outside opportunities available in NYC are vast and I’ve been able to take part in many.
What have you gained from your AmeriCorps experience thus far?
From my AmeriCorps experience thus far, I have gained a lot of valuable training and experience as well as contacts that will help me to pursue a career in the field of health education.
How do you spend your free time?
First, you should know that I am not truly happy if I am not ridiculously busy. In my free time, I volunteer through NY Cares with a creative writing program, harm reduction outreach, walking dogs and doing Hurricane Sandy disaster relief projects. I’m also studying for the GRE; reading Steinbeck, de Beauvoir and Ishiguro; knitting cowls and fingerless gloves; cooking up new recipes with friends; writing letters; doing yoga, biking or kickboxing; and going to many museums and hardcore punk shows.
Share a favorite hobby/hobbies or interest of yours.
In winter, I knit, do yoga, cook, read and write. In the summer, I go on long bike journeys based around sight-seeing and where I will break for food.
Personal web site, blog, or a link to the web site of somewhere you volunteer in addition to your site
I have a vegan recipe blog that needs to be worked on. I should do that. It’s here http://bigtimesmallchange.blogspot.com
What are your plans after your year of service?
After I finish this year of service, I’m hoping to work in health education for another year before attending graduate school to get my masters of public health in community health education. I’m currently researching programs and studying for the GRE. Hopefully, I’ll get some traveling done in that year as well.