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Maine AmeriCorps Brand Ambassadors

 

 

 

What are AmeriCorps Brand Ambassadors?

Brand Ambassadors are AmeriCorps members who are ready to take on a leadership role by taking our social media accounts into the field with them as they directly serve our state. This will allow the public to “virtually shadow” the members to really get to see what programs around Maine accomplish first hand. Each Brand Ambassador will be featured for a whole week on MCCS’s social media outlets.

Follow us on Facebook to hear their stories of service in Maine! MCCS - VolunteerMaine

 

Meet our 2017-2018 AmeriCorps Brand Ambassadors

 

Taylor Ashley

Taylor Ashley
Maine Partnership for Environmental Stewardship

My name is Taylor Ashley and I am a native Floridian who recently re-located to Maine. My role as an AmeriCorps member involves the coordination of a mentor and tutor program that connects college students with local K-8 students. My largest contribution to these programs would have to be my fresh perspective and commitment to fostering a friendly multi-cultural environment.

 

 Danielle Blair

Danielle Blair
Food for the Future through United Way of the Tri-Valley AmeriCorps

Danielle Blair is an AmeriCorps member serving in the Food for the Future program hosted by the United Way of the Tri-Valley Area. As a recent graduate of the University of Maine at Farmington, she is excited to be spending her service year referring individuals to essential resources, engaging with the local food pantries, and building relationships and potential all around her home community.

 

Amy Jipson

Amy Jipson
Goodwill AmeriCorps - Multilingual Leadership Corps

Amy is a student at the University of Southern Maine currently studying Social Work. While she has been a resident of Sagamore Village for seventeen years, this is her fourth year serving the Sagamore Village community with Portland Housing Authority & the Goodwill AmeriCorps Programs in the Sagamore Study Center. Amy enjoys working within the community and is passionate about finding new ways to make Sagamore Village more fun and a safe place to live.

 

Danielle Klimcsak

Danielle Klimcsak
FoodCorps 

A transplant from the Garden State, Danielle Klimcsak is a FoodCorps Service Member that is passionate about all people having access to healthy, nutritious, affordable food. She sees food at the cross section of culture, health, local economies, the environment, and more, and values its ability to bring people together. It is her hope to pursue a career in K-12 school food service to ensure that she can positively influence the food available for and appreciated by students.

 

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Megan MacIsaac -
SySTEM REAL AmeriCorps

Hi! My name is Megan and I am currently serving my AmeriCorps term at the Katahdin Program in Raymond, ME. I'm from Massachusetts but I fell in love with Maine during my undergrad at the University of Maine and decided to stay here after graduation. The Katahdin Program is an alternative high school that uses adventure therapy and active, hands-on, service-learning projects to engage at risk, disengaged, and/or alternative learners. My role is to design and lead STEM-based "design challenges" where students work in teams to solve real world-problems in hands-on science experiments. I also help the counselors and staff members with adventure therapy programming by taking students on outdoor adventures such as hiking, camping, white water rafting, and rock climbing. I love getting to build relationships with students through outdoor adventures and team building activities every week at school!

 

Alicia Oberholzer

Alicia Oberholzer
Maine Partnership for Environmental Stewardship 

Greetings! My name is Alicia Oberholzer and I am currently serving with AmeriCorps Maine as the Energy Efficiency Coordinator of UMaine's Office of Sustainability. My AmeriCorps service is part of the Maine Partnership for Environmental Stewardship Initiative. Our mission is to increase local and regional energy efficiency for low-income families, and for higher education institutions across Maine. Thus far, my AmeriCorps partner, Darcy Cooke, and myself have held a community Energy and Sustainability Fair, which attracted over 40 attendees. In addition, we have planned a WindowDressers Insulating Window Insert Build, during which we will provide over 40 low-income families with window inserts. These insulating inserts increase energy-associated savings while simultaneously decreasing carbon footprints! This is the first year of the Maine Partnership for Environmental Stewardship Initiative, and we could not be more excited to set the bar as high as possible for future years.

 

Ethan Rouse

Ethan Rouse
Maine Conservation Corps

As an Environmental Steward with the Maine Conservation Corps I have had the privelage to work alongside a vast variety of people throughout the community and beyond who share a love for backcountry accessibility and education. Through the Maine Conservation Corps I have created Junior Ranger programs, nature hikes, built bridges - both wooden and stoned - while having the opportunity to be mentored by the staff at the State Parks. The impact one individual can make through service and volunteerism speaks volumes. My time with MCC has helped me develop stronger skills and I look forward to my next challenges moving forward.

 

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Sarah Savage
LearningWorks AIMS HIGH AmeriCorps

In my position at Reiche Community School as part of the Learning Works AIMS HIGH team with AmeriCorps I provide support for students both within and outside of the classroom setting.Outside of the classroom, I help with the school’s Walking School Bus program to support students’ attendance. I was excited when my Site Coordinator sent me the opportunity to become a Maine AmeriCorps Brand Ambassador because I have already enjoyed having conversations with folks, both close to me and in the community, about what I do within my role as an AmeriCorps member. Yet, I realized there are many people eager to hear more about what exactly the program is. So much of the magic of AmeriCorps, for me, happens in the day-today interactions that I am afforded because of it. I would love to offer a snapshot (or 5) of what my experience is with the students, so that my community can see both what is going on and also what could be an option for them to get involved!

 

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Rebekah Smith
Maine Conservation Corps

Rebekah Smith is an Environmental Steward for the Maine Conservation Corps, serving Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge. She helps refuge staff manage the endangered New England Cottontail, Piping Plover, and Least Tern. A native of Atlanta, Georgia, she enjoys exploring Maine's public lands and learning more about her host community on her off time.

 

 

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Stephanie Tardiff
Maine Partnership for Environmental Stewardship

Stephanie was born and raised in Brunswick, ME. She is a recent Unity College Alum, with a Bachelor's of Science Degree. While studying at Unity she majored in Earth and Environmental Science. Her involvement in numerous community-based research projects over the past four years lead to her desire to be a part of the MPES initiative - helping communities gain access to affordable and energy efficient products and services. Stephanie oversees all program initiatives and works alongside the Energy Efficiency Campus and Community Specialists to help promote success of the program within both the community and campus.

 

Bridger Tomlin

Bridger Tomlin
Maine Partnership for Environmental Stewardship

My name is Bridger Tomlin and I am from Boulder, Colorado. After graduating from Bowdoin College with a degree in Environmental Studies and History I am energized to return to the campus and community I spent four wonderful years in, but in a new and exciting capacity. As an AmeriCorps Energy Efficiency Coordinator, I have the opportunity to address both campus and community sustainability needs. In my role, I am focusing on energy efficiency education, green job fairs, sustainable living and energy audits, and window insulation insert builds. What I love about this job is the ability to engage both the academic and local communities through new and unique projects in order to address energy efficiency needs and goals.

 

Victoria Wong

Victoria Wong
LearningWorks AIMS HIGH AmeriCorps

My name is Victoria Wong and I am from Randolph, NJ. I recently graduated from Bentley University located in Waltham, MA and work full-time at Unum in Portland, ME. The LearningWorks AIMS HIGH AmeriCorps opportunity has allowed me to connect with the Portland community in more ways that I would have ever imagined. I am able to serve at the Southern Maine Boys and Girls Club and tutor first through fourth graders and serve dinner at the Florence House with Prebble Street on a weekly basis. Through these experiences, I am able to connect with so many different people, from children to older women. I value the opportunity to learn not only about them, but also about myself.