In 2015, Tiffany joined Tree Trust through our relationship with The Link. While she was with Tree Trust, Tiffany wanted to earn a wage and build the skills and confidence that would allow her to branch out on her own. She built her workplace and communication skills over nearly a year in our programs, and then leveraged her experience into a service position with the National Civilian Community Corps in 2016/2017.
Teams of participants in the NCCC travel the country doing community service projects while earning money for school and building their leadership skills. Tiffany was able to serve with numerous organizations, including the Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay, Rebuilding Together Baltimore, Midcoast Habitat for Humanity, Trailblazers Camps, and The DREAM Program Philadelphia.
Tiffany had moved around a lot as a child, so she didn’t find traveling between states in the NCCC’s 15 passenger van too strange. “I really liked the East coast. I had never seen the ocean or eaten an authentic Philly cheesesteak. Plus, stopping by Baton Rouge, Louisiana wasn’t too bad either. I had a ton of fun during those trips and hope to do it again.” Tiffany found that the basic vehicle maintenance and power tool training she’d picked up at Tree Trust was really useful in her day-to-day with the NCCC. “The forklift license helped a lot!”
In August 2017, a few months before Tiffany’s position with the NCCC was scheduled to end, Hurricane Harvey devastated Houston and the surrounding communities. The Corporation for National and Community Service activated their AmeriCorps Disaster Response Team, and Tiffany’s NCCC cohort traveled south. For most of the rest of her program, Tiffany assisted with shelter operations with Houston Red Cross. “I loved it. I met so many people and learned so many of their stories. It was hard a lot of the time, but worth it. Humanity is worth saving.”