I was an AmeriCorps Member in West Virginia. The Benefits and Limitations of National Service.

Mar 29, 2020 - Time Magazine

In a cavernous ballroom at the Hilton Hotel Philadelphia in 2009 when I was twenty-one years old, I sat at a round table with the others whose name tags had also been stamped with the double green dots meaning we were headed for central Appalachia—West Virginia, western Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, and North Carolina.

There were tuna wraps and miniature bags of chips, then slides projected on a wall-sized screen told us all the things we couldn’t do now that we were Volunteers in Ser...