A new leader has joined the Washington County and Clackamas County Medical Reserve Corps units. In August, Danielle Brown began a year of national service as the AmeriCorps VISTA MRC Volunteer Coordinator for both units. She is one of 24 VISTAs -- or Volunteers in Service to America -- that the Oregon Health Authority Public Health Division places around Oregon.
Here is more about Danielle Brown in her own words:
What did you do before this?
I worked in restaurants and bars for 10 years while I went to college. I held many positions including server, bartender, and Assistant Manager. Since I graduated college in June 2011, I was bartending until I started with AmeriCorps.
Where did you go to school and what did you study?
I went to community college at Portland Community College and Central Oregon Community College where I received my Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer Degree in 2008. After that I transferred to Oregon State University where I received my Bachelors of Science in Public Health-Health Promotion and Health Behavior in June 2011.
What has pleasantly surprised you in your new position?
I didn't realize how much appreciation and gratitude I would receive from some of the MRC volunteers! It feels good to know they appreciate the work I am doing here. There is also something exciting about having my own desk!
What do you see as the point of an AmeriCorps VISTA year of service, for you and for others?
I joined AmeriCorps because I wanted to make a difference and serve my community, while gaining real-world experience that I might not find elsewhere. AmeriCorps VISTA is challenging, rewarding, and a great way to meet new people and to continue to develop lifelong skills. There are also benefits we get at the end of our year of service, such as an educational award and one year of non-competitive status for a federal government job.
On a personal note, what was your best vacation ever?
Israel and Egypt.
What do you do for fun?
I love yoga!
Last, what is one food you can’t live without?
Washington County MRC members can reach Danielle Brown at: Danielle_Brown@co.washington.or.us
Clackamas County MRC members: DBrown@co.clackamas.or.us
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