Henry, age 24.
Host site: Clark County Food Bank in Vancouver, WA
“Before moving to the Pacific Northwest, I worked a desk job at an executive search firm in Washington, D.C. I had studied business in school, and going into finance or consulting was the traditional path, so that’s what I did. But when COVID hit, I wanted to have a more direct impact on communities in need. Since I have a passion for sustainable agriculture, I searched for opportunities in renewable energy or food systems. The pandemic heightened my interest in working for an organization that was directly and immediately helping people. Working on a farm and food bank was a good match because it provided tangible, hands-on work experience.
I’ve always loved the outdoors. Growing up, we had a garden at our house and my grandparents’ house. But here, instead of planting a few carrots in the backyard, I’m learning about planting miles of carrots. I’m happiest when I can go outside and be with the dirt, watching the food grow and knowing that it will help keep our community fed.
AmeriCorps’ built-in mentorship and support systems are a great way to foster my passion in the broader realm of sustainability. This is a transition period for me, and service has provided real-world experience and helped me think critically about what I want to do after my time at Clark County Food Bank.”