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April 20, 2017
Kindra Weisbrod, the new volunteer committee chair for Generation United, gladly stepped into this position as of recently to show her passion for volunteerism and our community here in Larimer County. I had the wonderful opportunity to interview her while she spoke on her experiences with not only Generation United, but her hopes and wishes for Larimer County overall. Kindra is very involved in the community and is passionate about making Larimer County a place that encourages volunteerism. Being involved with United Way of Larimer County, Kindra sees the need in our community and has dedicated her time to making it a better place.
My name is Kindra, and I'm actually a Fort Collins native! I grew up right on the outskirts of the city and lived there until I was 18. After traveling to a few countries here and there, the city called my name. I earned a BA in Psychology from University of Colorado Denver before returning to build a life as an adult in my hometown.
I am currently completing my second national service term as a full-time AmeriCorps member with Colorado Reading Corps through United Way of Larimer County. My AmeriCorps team and I provide one-on-one evidence-based literacy intervention services to K-3 students in the Thompson School District and Estes Park School District, and we conduct various service projects within Larimer County throughout our 10 month service term.
Volunteerism and community building, hands down. I credit this passion to dedicating the last two years of my life to national service. AmeriCorps members commit to a national service term under six focus areas--education, environmental stewardship, military and veteran families, disaster services, healthy futures, and economic opportunities--and we demonstrate this commitment to our communities by going the extra mile to help everyone thrive. AmeriCorps has fundamentally changed my perception of the world and myself; it's teaching me how to act, but more importantly it's teaching me how to listen.
Biking! My goal this summer is to bench my car in favor of utilizing all of the amazing bike trails in Fort Collins.
I also sing in a choir (shout-out to my altos), practice yoga, read anything and everything, and occasionally dabble in the arts.
I have been a member of Generation United since May 2016. Generation United gave a presentation to my first AmeriCorps team and recognized our service in Larimer County by offering a year-long membership. I eagerly jumped at the chance to meet fellow professionals in the nonprofit sector, especially after serving alongside so many organizations.
A few months later, during my second AmeriCorps term, I was invited to become the chair for the volunteer committee. Immediately after accepting, I was given the opportunity to coordinate the official Generation United Volunteer Project Leader spring cleaning event for Homeless Gear.
I hope Larimer County continues to become more accessible and welcoming to our most vulnerable populations. United Way collaborates with 70+ nonprofits and organizations throughout the county, and I'm grateful for the vast amount of resources we have—I hope we can continue to serve our growing population effectively, and I know we can't do that without the help of awesome volunteers.
I think it's important for all professionals in Larimer County to give back in some capacity, whether financially or by donating their time. None of us are a lone island; we live in a community, and our community is only strengthened when everyone takes the time to participate in something bigger than themselves. Plus, volunteering can be really fun!
Thanks to United Way of Larimer County, I have the ability to directly give back to my hometown. And thanks to my AmeriCorps service, I have gained the skills, networking, and experience to properly serve as chair for the Generation United volunteer committee. United Way has given so much to me and my hometown--I feel like the very least I can do is give back.
Thank you for all that you do in our community, Kindra. Because of your service to Larimer County, there are many people whose lives are changed each day and we hope that your passion for volunteerism and community inspires others to make our local neighborhoods a better place for all.
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