Kelly joins the Good Cheer team through the AmeriCorps VISTA program. VISTA stands for Volunteers in Service to America, and places year long VISTA members at non-profits that work towards poverty alleviation. At Good Cheer she will be managing our Gleaning Programs.
“Hi Whidbey Community Members!
I just moved to your beautiful community from Austin Texas. I have a love of all things artistic and anything made from nature. I am so excited to be on Whidbey after almost 5 years of big city life and desert adventures in West Texas.
I pursued careers specific to my degree in Graphic Design while in Austin by working for a film production company doing things like stage and costume design, location scouting, and film restoration. It got to the point where I did not feel like my job and my extracurriculars were in line with my goals to be more involved in my community and giving back, so I rerouted in 2015 to volunteer through a state AmeriCorps program called Casa Verde Builders where I worked closely with the homeless population in Austin by building tiny homes at a community intentionally created to house the chronically homeless. We also spent time doing home repairs for qualified elderly home owners through a city program committed to keeping Austin’s community members in their homes for the extent of their lives. Thanks to the mentors I had through Casa Verde Builders I was able to build out my own trailer, see the city with a new pair of eyes, and add a new trade to my repertoire.