Involvement is the Key to Change

 

Amanda Trothier, Administrative Assistant, Partnership for Strong Communities

In 2006, I started my college career. After one semester I found I wanted to get involved in the campus community so I joined a club called Habitat for Humanity which happened to hold its weekly meetings in my dormitory.

I attended meetings regularly, volunteering for events, build days and advocacy initiatives. The more I learned, the more passionate I became about the need for affordable housing. I remember the first “Shack-A-Thon” event that I participated in. I spent twenty-four hours outside, in the middle of campus, advocating and educating the student body on what it meant to have affordable housing by simulating the experience of being homeless.

Although I spent time in the library studying and attending classes, this experience truly opened my eyes to the harsh reality that so many face in our community, state, country and world. Millard Fuller, the Founder of Habitat for Humanity International, once stated, “It is easier to act yourself into a new way of thinking, than it is to think yourself into a new way of acting.” This experience made me realize the validity of his statement.

Attending Eastern CT State University allowed me to become exposed to the various needs in not only our country but the world, through involvement in the campus and local communities. My experience led me to join AmeriCorps, volunteering abroad and finally returning home to follow my passions of ending homelessness and helping to make housing affordable in my community.

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