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It’s the Little Things

by Amanda Davis, Marketing Associate VISTA

As an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer you sometimes wonder whether you are making an impact in your community, or not. But then, something happens and you know that what you are doing is making change, is providing impact.

AmeriCorps volunteers are supposed to live just a little above poverty level so that we can relate with the people that are going through those situations. This gives us a chance to be able to understand a little better.

The other day at my bus stop a man started talking to me about the “nice” weather — it was one of our rare cold days here in Austin — and how hot it was going to be this summer. He went on to talk about other issues and searching for a job. It was then that I really understood that sometimes to relate to someone all you need to be is that listening ear, to provide an able body for them to talk to or bounce ideas off of. We got on the bus, talked a little more and then parted ways. He wished me luck in my future endeavors, as I did him, and I left with a smile on my face.

As a volunteer sometimes you have to remember that you don’t always see big impact but rather it’s the little things in life that matter.

About creativeactionaustin

We are based in Austin, Texas and reach more than 16,000 young people every year through our unique blend of theatre and education programs.Our programs expose young people to critical social problems and offer opportunities for them to creatively think about how they can be a part of solutions to these problems. Creative Action is a unique blend of art and education – for us, the two are intertwined. We believe that using the arts as a teaching method provides a fun, engaging and inspiring way to learn – it incorporates the whole mind and body.

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