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New Orleans is an amazing place and I will do everything in my power to help her rebuild, including using my vacation days for more service trips and listening to the stories of people who live there.

But Maryland is my home. Therefore I've taken the NPRC position in Baltimore with the Central Maryland Red Cross chapter:

"After much careful consideration, I have decided to accept an AmeriCorps position with the National Preparedness and Response Corps at the Central Maryland Red Cross chapter in Baltimore, Maryland. Thank you for considering me for your AmeriCorps position. I wish you the best of luck in your work and in finding capable and hardworking AmeriCorps service members."

That is such a weight lifted off my shoulders.

~Bethany
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I just had my interview with the NPRC in Baltimore. I think it went well. I tried not to be repetitive and use the same examples over and over again, and I tried not to ramble (as I tend to do when I'm nervous or don't know what I want to say). They had 20-25 people apply for 4 positions, but some of those people have withdrawn their applications or taken other positions. They seemed very positive, though only 2 or 3 of them were there-one was out on a fire call, and another was in a meeting or somesuch. They'll let me know by the end of the week where I stand.

I have another interview tomorrow, with the United Way of Calvert County's Success by 6 director. My New Orleans NPRC application is listed as "Under Review," but I haven't heard from them yet. I haven't heard from any of the other organizations either.

Back to work. I've got a bunch of preparedness brochures to get out to the local libraries and a CDE resource book to research, then tonight's the Keys game.

~Bethany

EDIT: I've been offered a position with the NPRC in Baltimore/Central Maryland Red Cross chapter. I'm going to email the directors of the other programs I applied to and let them know I have an offer but I'd be glad to interview with them if they can do it quickly.

I want to work for the Red Cross, I know that much. That's the only way I can see to stay with AmeriCorps and get away with regular disaster deployments. But if I were offered a Red Cross position down in New Orleans, would I take it? I'll cross that bridge when I come to it, if I'm offered a position down there. It has to happen quickly though, because I don't know how long this position will wait.
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I just had a long conversation with the current VISTA at the United Way Volunteer Resource Center in Calvert County. It sounds like a very interesting position, very flexible both in terms of hours and in terms of the work I'd be doing. Since the United Way partners with so many organizations, I'd be able to turn the position into whatever I wanted it to be. They also have the possibility of a couple months of free housing through an organization they partner with while I get settled in the area.

They also wanted me to accept the position by tomorrow so they can get the paperwork started for the PSO in July. I'm not ready to accept a position without a few more interviews/offers, and I can't leave my current position until after August 25th. They seemed to be very understanding.

I also have a phone interview with the NPRC in Baltimore on Wednesday at 10 am, and a phone interview with another Calvert County United Way position at 1:30 pm on Thursday. I'm still waiting for contact from one of the Gulf Coast positions. Like Adam, I'm hoping I'll have a couple offers from both Maryland and the Gulf Coast by the time I leave on the NOLA trip June 30th.

So far, so good. Things are looking up.
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I just got an email from the director of Success by 6 at the United Way of Calvert County, who's very interested and wants to talk more with me.

I followed Coleen's advice and applied to a bunch of different places because you never know where you'll end up. It could be Baltimore, or Southern Maryland, or NOLA, or somewhere else in Louisiana, or Alabama. I just don't know.

The most important thing is that I've gotten the ball rolling.

~Bethany

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