Meet our AmeriCorps members!
The Green Neighbors program is lucky to have two new AmeriCorps members helping serve Clark County. Help us welcome Anne Maher and Jerin Dinkins, who will be serving a 10-month term with Green Neighbors. If you are not familiar, AmeriCorps is a prominent national service program where college graduates help non-profits, government agencies and tribal nations serve the public and the environment.
Anne and Jerin are both new to the area from California and Oregon respectively, and have been enjoying what the Pacific Northwest has to offer.
We caught up with these busy gals to find out more about their backgrounds and the great work they are doing at the county!
Q&A with Anne and Jerin
Where did you go to college, and what was your major?
Anne: I went to Humboldt State University, and majored in Environmental Science (emphasis in ecological restoration) and a minor in Geospatial Concepts.
Jerin: I attended Manhattanville College where I received my undergraduate degree in Environmental Science and minored in Sociology and Mathematics.
What are your projects here at Green Neighbors?
Anne: Here at Green Neighbors I work on all types of environmental outreach and events, specifically relating to waste reduction. The WasteBusters program, the Recycled Arts Festival, the Procession of the Species, our gardens at Pacific Park, and some of the video, blog and social media posts you see from us.
Jerin: For the most part, my projects include developing resources and tools for recycling outreach for single-family and multi-family residents in Clark County. Right now I am focused on developing an online resource hub for property managers. I am also looking forward to helping with the Recycle Right campaign in the new year.
What is your favorite thing about being a Green Neighbors AmeriCorps?
Anne: Working for Green Neighbors AmeriCorps means working with a diverse range of people on a diverse range of projects. I love that my day can go from writing an article to building a compost bin!
Jerin: I enjoy being involved with the community. It's really inspiring to see how many people already have an interest and are taking action towards sustainability. I'm also inspired by all the great people that I get to work with here at the office and am lucky to have already learned so much from them in this short period of time.
What is something you'd like people to know about you?
Anne: I've been working in the waste reduction field for over 3 years now; I think it's a really interesting (and important) topic, and I am exciting to continue on with it here in Clark County.
Jerin: As a recent college graduate and AmeriCorps volunteer, I am always on the hunt for jobs in the environmental/social sector!
What are you most looking forward to during your AmeriCorps service?
Anne: I have never lived this far north, and so am looking forward to exploring the region and all of the beautiful resources it has to offer. There's a lot to see and do!
Jerin: I am so excited for the Recycled Arts Festival and the Procession of the Species in June! I can't wait to be a part of helping organize and work such a huge public event.