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AmeriCorps Members Make a Difference in the Inland Empire

September 18, 2012

Throughout the years, Inland Empire United Way’s volunteer program, HandsOn Inland Empire, has had the opportunity to work with amazing individuals who have given a year of their time to serve and address critical community needs through the AmeriCorps program. This year, we are excited to announce that we are continuing the AmeriCorps program, and as a result, have introduced nine new AmeriCorps members into the local community.

Meet our AmeriCorps members:

Sara Clark, HandsOn Corps AmeriCorps VISTA for Ontario-Montclair Promise Scholars

Sara ClarkSara Clark grew up in Chino Hills, CA and is looking forward to serving her hometown community.  She recently earned her B.A. in Psychology from UCLA, but has always been interested in education and academic counseling.  As an Americorps VISTA for the Ontario-Montclair Promise Scholars Program, Sara will be helping recruit and coordinate business leader presentations for 6th graders and will be aiding in the establishment of a FAFSA completion campaign at Montclair High School.  In her free time, she enjoys the three K’s: knitting, karaoke, and (cooking in) the kitchen.

Lisa Keller, HandsOn Corps AmeriCorps VISTA for Ontario-Montclair Promise Scholars

Lisa Keller will be working on the college and university tour portions of the Promise Scholars program. She is excited to work with this program because it fits well with her background in youth services and her passion for serving the community. Lisa graduated from the University of Virginia, and her favorite thing about California is all of the sunshine.

Erin Weaver, AmeriCorps VIP Leader for HandsOn Inland Empire

Erin Weaver grew up in Birmingham, Alabama before moving to East Tennessee to attend Maryville College. She graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in Business and Organizational Management and a minor in Political Science.  Erin was accepted into the AmeriCorps NCCC program and was stationed in the Pacific Region for her year of service.  While in NCCC she had the chance to live in Utah, Montana, and various cities in Northern California. After graduating from AmeriCorps, Erin returned to Birmingham to work in the Hospitality industry, but was offered a chance to move abroad. She lived in Greece for 5 months as an au pair for a local family. Upon returning to the States, she decided to look for jobs offering her experience in volunteer management. Erin is now the AmeriCorps VIP Leader at HandsOn Inland Empire.

Anna Capinpin, AmeriCorps VIP for Arrowhead United Way

Anna Capinpin attended the University of California, Irvine and majored in Public Health.  She enjoy reading, learning, and new experiences. Anna is interested in the VIP program because it caters to the community and she wants to take part in the effort to enhance people’s well-being.

Ana Tamayo, AmeriCorps VIP for Foothill Family Shelter

Ana is from a small town in Mexico and moved to the Coachella Valley when she was nine. She recently obtained  her B.A. in Sociology from UC Santa Barbara. She loved my major and has a passion for helping others. When she graduated, she was looking forward to volunteer work rather than looking for a job. AmeriCorps was a great way to combine a job with volunteerism and she really wanted the opportunity. Her future goals are to go back to school and get my M.A. and she is hoping this experience will guide her to a career goal.

Alexander Drey-Mulari, AmeriCorps VIP for THINK Together

Alexander Drey-Mulari is a recent graduate with honors from UC Riverside with a Bachelors of Science degree in Sociology. While at UCR, Alexander loved working in various volunteer areas, including: mental health, addiction, student conduct, and diversity. His strongest passion is for education, and he desires to see a world where all students receive quality education presented in an enjoyable way. Alexander wants to spend this time after his undergraduate career working in the education service field, preparing to use this information to pursue a doctorate in Sociology/Education. He found a perfect match with the Americorps VIP Program working with THINK Together, which serves his own interests in helping all children succeed in school. The AmeriCorps program a national program that engages more than 75,000 opportunities for adults of all ages and backgrounds to serve through a network of partnerships with local and national nonprofit groups.

Ariel Tolefree-Williams, AmeriCorps VIP for Mustard Seed Tutorial Center

Ariel Tolefree-Williams, grew up in Covina, California. After getting her BA in Public Policy from UC-Riverside, Ariel became interested in non profit work and was interested in helping people more. Currently in her second year as an AmeriCorps member,  working with Mustard Seed Tutorial Center, Ariel is enjoying her time learning more about the education sector of non-profits.

Clifford Held, AmeriCorps VIP for 211 San Bernardino County

Clifford Held graduated from Humboldt State University in 2007.  He earned a BA in International Studies and a 2nd BA in Spanish.  After studying abroad in Mexico for a year, he served for over two years in the U.S. Peace Corps in Guatemala.  Clifford now serves United Way 211 as an AmeriCorps VIP and is studying to become a bilingual US Court Interpreter.

Jasmine Coleman, AmeriCorps VIP for Trinity Youth Services

Jasmine Coleman received her B.A. in Art from Azusa Pacific University in May 2011. With her year at Trinity Youth Services, she plans to implement a sustainable tutoring and mentoring program to help enrich the lives of the children in their care. Prior to joining AmeriCorps, Jasmine has always had a love and passion to help and serve others in local communities, through different aspects of volunteerism. Her favorite hobbies include painting, cultural learning, traveling, cooking and various outdoor recreation activities.

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