Leila Alvarado is just finishing up a 3-month AmeriCorps term with Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity as a Volunteer Engagement AmeriCorps member. As a Volunteer engagement member, she recruits, manages, trains, and celebrates volunteers. If you are interested in current open positions, we are currently seeking Fall 2022 AmeriCorps members just like Leila. (Learn more here.)
After a much needed leave of absence, Leila will be going back to school at Drake University to finish my senior year. She will be receiving my bachelors in Public Relations with a minor in Global and Cultural Understanding. Once graduated, "I look forward to being a part of AmeriCorps once again!", says Leila.
Elaine Collet-Volunteer Engagement Manager, Leila Alvarado-Volunteer Engagement AmeriCorps Member, Abbey Stohs-Volunteer Engagement AmeriCorps Member, and Zach Frank- Volunteer Coordinator
From the words of Leila
What inspired you to serve?
My childhood dream was to be a professional volunteer that would go around helping people. AmeriCorps is the closest to that dream I can get.
What do you enjoy most about serving?
What I enjoy most is knowing that I am giving back to my community and actively working to make the world a better place to be.
What does your typical day look like?
My typical day involves driving around in the morning setting up/hosting events or going to volunteer sites to help check them in and give them information. My afternoons are filled with data entry and meetings.
What do you like most about your Habitat for Humanity?
I like the fact that there's always something going on that I can help out with. There is almost never a boring day.
What is one thing you learned in the last month?
I have learned that there is much more that goes into event planning that meets the eye. Especially when there is volunteer coordination involved.