AmeriCorps Corner with Jake

March Madness…and not just basketball

Jake & Alyssa at Chico State for AmeriCorps

Jake & Alyssa at Chico State for AmeriCorps

To start off, I have to give a shout out to the Wisconsin Badgers for making it to the Final Four! I’m expecting big things!

Anyway, what a crazy and exciting March I had! It was filled with AmeriCorps Week, trail work, and lots of exciting preparations for the coming months. It’s hard to believe I've been living and working in California for 5 months already. Time’s a flyin’ when you’re having fun!

AmeriCorps Week was a blast! I had a great time presenting on the AmeriCorps program, as well as telling people more about myself, my family, and a little taste of what it’s like in Wisconsin. Compared to here, it's pretty much just cold! I also had a fun time doing AmeriCorps outreach at Chico State as well as clearing culverts along the Great Shasta Rail Trail with SLT volunteers and Alyssa Cordova of the Butte County Resource Conservation District, our SNAP partner organization. Hard work never felt so rewarding!

Like March, April will be filled with exciting preparations and events. Being a runner, I would naturally be drawn to organizing the 5K, Whole Earth Hustle race on April 25th, and I couldn't be more excited for the challenge. I've run plenty of 5K’s and even a half marathon, but organizing one is a whole new ball game! On that same day is the Whole Earth and Watershed Festival and then the following week is Family Day on May 2nd. All these events are making my time here in California fly by way too fast!

I can’t wait to see what the next 6 months of my SNAP term brings me!

Go Badgers!