10 Reasons to Love EarthLinks

Posted on Oct 24, 2012 in Featured Articles, General | Comments Off on 10 Reasons to Love EarthLinks

10 Reasons to Love EarthLinks

After working at EarthLinks now for several months, there are many things which I have grown to really appreciate about this organization. So for my blog this month, I decided to list my top 10 reasons why I love EarthLinks!

  1. On glorious fall days, I love working outside in the garden alongside participants. It is fascinating to watch the garden change with the seasons.
  2. EarthLinks is a place where we all enjoy life together in community.
  3. I learn all sorts of handy things. Before working here I never knew that dryer lint is compostable, and that lamb’s quarters (generally thought of as a common garden weed) can be eaten like spinach!
  4. Lauren (our Urban Servant Corps intern) and I get to be creative every morning, turning donated food and fresh produce from our garden into healthy breakfast for participants.
  5. I have the opportunity to hear incredible stories about the lives of our participants.
  6. It is a place where vulnerability is rewarded. During our group reflection time last week, one participant shared a major personal struggle she is currently dealing with. Immediately after she shared her situation with the group, the other participants enveloped her with support and encouragement and advice. People loved her more for her willingness to share her story.
  7. It is a place that allows a break from the chaos of life.
  8. We can shine where our strengths are. Some participants are skilled gardeners, while others are exceptional at decorating glass with pressed flowers. Each person has a place in our community, and an important role in the process of creating products.
  9. People’s opinions and views are heard and valued.
  10. And last but not least, I love the community of participants, staff, and volunteers at EarthLinks. I get to spend time with some pretty neat people!

Jennay Smith
Program Associate
Colorado Vincentian Volunteers