Jul 19, 2017

Special Message from Tina Lindstrom

Dear AmeriCorps Alums and Connecticut National Service Community:

It is with profound appreciation that I inform you that I will be stepping down from the Chapter Leader position of AmeriCorps Alums Connecticut. The work of AmeriCorps and AmeriCorps Alums is incredibly important, and I am grateful to have had the opportunity to contribute in a leadership role. AmeriCorps service is more than a year of service, it is a commitment that we “carry this year and beyond.” Although I will continue to carry this commitment with me, it is time that I step down in order to let others lead as our chapter continues to grow and evolve.

I have served as the Chapter Leader since its inception in 2010. Our chapter started as an informal group of three AmeriCorps Alums planning AmeriCorps Week activities and “parties with a purpose” out of our apartments. In seven years, AmeriCorps Alums Connecticut has grown increasingly involved in advocacy work, professional development events, the creation of the InterCorps Council, and of course, countless volunteer events.

Some of my most gratifying memories include preparing and serving dinners at Homes for the Brave--8-10 of us in the kitchen preparing meals, connecting over chopping garlic and seasoning chicken; the professional development event with Brandeis University -- discussing social justice oriented graduate programs and careers; and, finally, when Representative Rosa DeLauro joined us to celebrate 2015 Mayors Day for National Service at City Hall in New Haven. These are memories I will cherish and carry with me.

AmeriCorps Alums Connecticut still has much room and opportunity for expansion. We are seeking dedicated AmeriCorps Alums who embody the AmeriCorps pledge to share their vision and energy to facilitate the continued growth of AmeriCorps Alums Connecticut, specifically through the roles of a new chapter leader as well as other board leadership roles.

I sincerely thank all of you for your commitment to service, and the opportunity to lead such a dedicated and compassionate AmeriCorps Alums Chapter. AmeriCorps and AmeriCorps Alums have a very significant and special place in my heart. Since my AmeriCorps NCCC service in 2006, I’ve never left the AmeriCorps community, and I don’t plan to anytime soon. I will continue to help and serve on the board as a proud Alum and to “Get Things Done” in Connecticut!

In Service & All the Best,

Tina Lindstrom
AmeriCorps NCCC, 2006-2007