“We aren't just AmeriCorps, it's AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps)
We don't "work" we serve.
And we aren't volunteers, we are Corps Members.” – David S.
David called us to arrange bee removal from an historic building in Camp Meeker where he was serving as an AmeriCorps member. He greeted us enthusiastically in his own duct-taped beekeeping suit along with another member and generously assisted us with the scaffolding and unloading of tools. David stayed involved through the entire extraction, taking pictures and asking
|The hive exposed|
|Attaching comb to frames for the bees new home|
I joined the Peace Corps with my husband, Joey, to do just that- find some way in which I could justify my carbon footprint, a way to give back. I learned beekeeping and, amongst my fellow volunteers and people in my community, met the most phenomenal people. Certainly the greatest beneficiaries of programs like these are not necessarily the communities that they initially serve, (though we did leave behind a beautiful hand-dug well in our town) but the communities that they return home to, inspired and empowered by their experience. I did not change the town I served, but I came back and started a bee-rescuing business in Sonoma County. I was able to learn, on more than a tourist basis, how Americans are perceived in other parts of the world and take some responsibility for that. I have not saved the planet, but I have a better grasp on what I can change. I believe that we would have a kinder more proactive nation of engaged citizens if we all could experience some form of volunteerism like this.
So here’s the website, if you are or know someone who might benefit from this, please pass it on: