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Member Profile: Meet Pauline Perry, AmeriCorps Member at Operation Homefront June 5, 2012

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Pauline Perry is an AmeriCorps National member assigned to Operation Homefront through the American Legion Auxiliary Call to Service Corps. In her assignment as a human resources specialist, Pauline is responsible for assessing and improving Operation Homefront’s human resources practices, including recruitment policies and procedures, position description development and employee file management. Pauline holds a Master of Arts in community counseling from St. Mary’s University, and a Master of Arts in human resources and management. Pauline is a veteran of the United States Army.

What motivated you to serve as an AmeriCorps member?

I was motivated to serve as an AmeriCorps member because I knew the value of serving and I knew I could gain a plethora of new skills and valid civilian experience. In addition, I knew I could gain tremendous satisfaction that comes from helping others. Lastly, earning the Eli Segal AmeriCorps Education Award to further my education was also a valid bonus.

What motivated you to choose your sponsor organization?

AmeriCorps provides an incredible opportunity for me to make a difference in the lives of those around me who are serving this great country. I am a retired 22-year veteran who loves giving back. For me, giving back to our wounded warriors and military families through Operation Homefront is a great honor. After retiring from the military, I attended graduate school at St. Mary’s University where I started serving military servicemembers and their families through the Family Life Center Counseling Services, which was funded through a TRIAD grant. The motivation to choose Operation Homefront as my sponsor organization was pretty simple; Operation Homefront is one of the leading national charities supporting our families of servicemembers and wounded warriors. Changing the quality of life for our warriors is a great honor because I care and I am willing to serve those who first serve us. Moreover, to me, all our efforts here at Operation Homefront are what life is all about. It’s about turning out the light at the end of the day and knowing that my time was not wasted. It’s about knowing the actual enjoyment that comes from making sacrifices for what I believe in. Most importantly, it’s about surrounding myself with people who feel the same way. My hope is that others will have the opportunity to gain the same satisfaction.

About what accomplishment from your year of service are you most proud?

My proudest moment at Operation Homefront was seeing the smile on the employees’ faces when I started the Raffle/Morale Program during the Christmas holiday. Everyone was excited and looked forward to winning a small prize with much enthusiasm. It made coming to work fun every day.

What are your future plans after your AmeriCorps service year?

My future plan is to take my Licensed Professional Counselor examination and seek a career opportunity serving with the military.

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