Over 10 years ago when I was winding down in my Bachelor's program I decided that I was going to do what I couldn't do when I began college--I was going to move away from home. Like really move away; somewhere where I didn't know anybody and had no family nearby; begin a life that sounded more exciting than my own, but most importantly do Americorps work which would allow me to give back and help others. After talking to a friends brothers, who were then themselves immersed in Americorps work, I read and reread the Catholic Network of Volunteer Service's RESPONSE book, writing down my top 15 choices, narrowing it down to 10, 5, and then 3. Fortunately my first choice of Nome, Alaska fell through at the last minute and I wound up in Monterey, Massachusetts, but more specifically working at Gould Farm.
Reading their website will give you a great picture of the wonderful things this place does, and because I am due back in the kitchen soon--I'm part of a team preparing food for tomorrow's Centennial Celebration!--I will just say this: I am feeling very grateful for Gould Farm on the eve of its Centennial; can't even imagine how different my life would be if I hadn't come here 10 years ago and worked with so many courageous folks, made so many dear friends, and grown in unexpected ways! I'm so proud that I've been part of this amazing place. Thank you, Gould Farm!