Catholic Charities is reliant on amazing, dedicated, and hardworking volunteers to pursue our mission of helping our neighbors in need. In recent years, the AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) and NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps) programs have been key to expanding services and embarking on even bigger projects. This AmeriCorps week, we want to recognize the individuals who have stepped up to serve their community.  

In our Administrative office, AmeriCorps VISTAs like Audrey Reed have increased the storytelling capacity and social media presence of Catholic Charities. Our heightened ability to connect with donors, and broadcast the good work done by our staff and volunteers enable us to serve more individuals and families than ever before. From covering our Annual Gala and Golf Outing, to traveling to each of our offices around the state and interviewing our volunteers and neighbors in need, VISTAs have told the Catholic Charities story and connected clients to our services. 

In Burlington, our AmeriCorps member Jonathan Morales-Perez has become an important part of day-to-day life at Centro La Communidad. By connecting individuals struggling with unemployment and underemployment with resources and local employers, he gives individuals the ability to improve their economic situation and increase their standard of living. In addition, he goes the extra mile to prepare individuals looking for employment by performing mock interviews and working with them to improve their resumes. With understanding, professionalism, and real-world knowledge, Jonathan gives individuals the tools to succeed.

In Chadbourne NC, Debbie McClain struggled to find a solution to her damaged home. Ravaged by hurricanes Matthew and Florence, the house was left unlivable after the roof collapsed. Fortunately, Catholic Charities has been able to step in and commit to building a tiny home replacement for her. Although the process is still ongoing, great strides have been made in setting the foundation, and raising the walls. Although the logistical challenges have been met by Catholic Charities, the hard work and heavy labor have been accomplished by a NCCC team from Mississippi.

We are so grateful for, and proud of the AmeriCorps members who serve their community and whose good works light the way forward for others.