Joanna Ostroot, Saying Farewell

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Joanna Ostroot, Saying Farewell

On February 10, 2017, Posted by , In VISTA Blog, With No Comments

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Just like that, it seems, a year has gone by and my AmeriCorps VISTA service at SALT is complete. I could not anticipate, a few years ago, that I would live in Schoharie County and experience what the valley holds. But as I have grown older, I’ve come to embrace life’s twists and turns. I’m fortunate to say I’ve gained valuable takeaways from my experiences, and I’ve gotten to know some wonderful people here.

I have played various roles at SALT, giving me a solid foundation as I seek to continue working in the nonprofit or public sectors. I was primarily the event coordinator, planning fundraisers, including Bounty of the County and Savor Schoharie Valley, with the help of committee members and staff. While event planning can be hectic at times, the challenges paid off. It was rewarding to see the plans come together and observe people enjoying themselves at the events. I also contributed to grant research and writing, marketing, donor engagement, and the development of the Trails to Tales of Schoharie County website project. I’m grateful that I’ve had diverse experiences and embraced flexibility in working on SALT’s community development projects. My time spent with the fellow staff and community members has also been gratifying. Whether it was stopping by Wellington’s Herbs and Spices to say hi to Carolyn and pick up vegetables, or meeting the enthusiastic volunteers at the Dr. Best House and Medical Museum, I felt welcome here and loved connecting with various individuals. Many people in Schoharie County have a deep appreciation for where they live and want to see this area continue to improve and thrive, which is inspiring. I hope to invest with similar commitment in whatever communities I end up living in the future.

My thanks go to everyone at SALT with whom I have worked for helping me grow professionally and enjoy Schoharie, as well as the many community members and volunteers I’ve had the pleasure of working with. Thanks to the Trails to Tales team, especially Laura Morace, Lillian Spina-Caza, and Lin Quinn for including me in this exciting project, the fun, and the occasional uncontrollable giggles. I also have to mention my gratitude to the farms and businesses I’ve frequented over the past year. Who doesn’t love great food? It’s said often, and it’s true — Schoharie’s agriculture is a treasure. Although I’m leaving the area, I look forward to returning in the future to visit a place and people I will always have a fondness for.

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