Katherine Ditzler, Volunteer Coordinator, Michigan Campaign to End Homelessness
I’m the Volunteer Coordinator for the Campaign, which is a role I’m trying to figure out as I go along. I started February 2009, and it seems as if I’m making tiny steps in order to make a big impact further down the line. If I had my way, AmeriCorps and the Campaign to End Homelessness would be household names, and in the next year we’d mobilize a million people to help us reach our goal of ending homelessness in 2016. But I can’t wave a magic wand; hard work has to happen in the mean time. And maybe some realistic goals would help too (so, let’s aim for about 500, shall we?).
I’m a recent college graduate (Michigan State, ’08!), and I’m glad to be serving in Lansing. I was all over the country with the presidential campaigns, but it’s nice to be in a town not too close to my parents, where I can spend time with my little sister, and be less long distance with my fiancé. I love to read, love to cook, and love to write. Some days I attempt to be vegetarian or even vegan – and I aspire to be a greener consumer. When I grow up, I want to run election campaigns, I want to advocate for the poor and for the environment (against the giant corporations!), and maybe eventually hold public office myself. I haven’t grown up yet, but I know I’ll be serving for the rest of my life