For the past year, Natalie served as an AmeriCorps volunteer, supporting homeownership opportunities for low-income families. Driven to become a volunteer so that she could “find a calling in affordable housing,” the AmeriCorps program was an ideal fit for her. As a recent college graduate in architecture, she was able to combine her architectural background with service to gain practical experience.
As an AmeriCorps member, Natalie volunteered as a project specialist with East Bay Habitat for Humanity, a community organization that provides simple, decent homes for families with limited incomes. There she helped to develop projects from inception to construction; Natalie also provided support through managing volunteers, writing grant proposals, and researching target communities. Natalie believes that “serving with the AmeriCorps is a great way to help your community and gain experience in a rewarding field.” Since her year of service, she has been hired by Habitat for Humanity as an assistant project manager and is planning to stay in the field of community development.