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One of the Best Emails I’ve Ever Received

Posted by Zach Maurin on March 26, 2012

Below is an email I received last week from Catherine Houlihan, one of our great ServeNext Organizers for 2011-2012.  It’s inspiring, humbling, and one of the reasons we do this work. I’m grateful for her leadership and moved by the impact of this work on her leadership abilities.

Catherine at a ServeNext/AmeriCorps Alums advocacy strategy session

Hi Zach,

These past two weeks have been some of the toughest since I graduated from college…but I will say this…I have never been so pushy, so innovative, and so confident in my entire life.Those are three words that I have NEVER used to describe myself and I have ServeNext to thank for building those aspects within me; my year with ServeNext was hard and stressful and at times, scary, but somehow, I got through it.

I did things so incredibly outside of my comfort zone this year with ServeNext and it gave me the courage to stand up, speak up, and connect. It proved to me that being an active participant goes a LONG way. So I want to thank you…Thank you for co-founding an organization that not only advocates for an amazing cause, but helped me find my hidden leader. I have so much to take with me going forward.

Thanks again and
Happy St. Patrick’s Day,
Cat

 

Get even more details about the first-hand experience as a ServeNext Organizer from Katherine Jones.  If you like what you see, learn more about the eight open positions around the country (full-time for six  months with health benefits).

Zach

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