I know all you avid RTSF blog readers out there are wondering who in the heck is this girl calling me regarding site visits, volunteering and the list will soon be longer. Well that girl is me, Stephanie Lilla, Rebuilding Together’s new Volunteer Coordinator!
I transplanted here July 30th, visiting Fog City for the first time. I was born and raised in Portland,OR; a recent graduate from Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA with a B.A in Public Relations. Three days after moving here, we (the other Bay Area AmeriCorps members and I) flew to Washington D.C. for a ten day crash course on what we will be doing for the next year. To give you an idea of what we did in D.C., close your eyes and imagine yourself in a church basement with 45 other people whom you have never met. Then think about sitting in that same chair for 10 days straight, for 9 hours every day listening, taking notes and attempting to be the biggest sponge in the world! Now that you relived a majority of training with me, I would like to inform you that we had an amazing time. From a scavenger hunt around the District to hearing Rebuilding Together CEO Gary Officer speak highly of our amazing non-profit, I walked away from training excited, enthusiastic and ready to get things done!
As I embark on this transformational, hard-working, and soon to be memory filled year, I would like to offer a challenge to you. Put yourself out there, step outside your everyday comfort zone and as cliché as this sounds, grab life by the horns. Together we can improve the communities we live in, with something as simple as picking up a piece of trash every day or saying ‘good morning’ to a stranger on your way to work, I challenge you. For me this challenge began on July 30th, when I uprooted myself from the comforts I have always known, made the move and am on my way to not only creating change in my new community but also in my new chapter of this crazy thing called life.