Two years ago, Lasharee Jones didn’t have much hope. A high school dropout and a single mother, she was struggling to make ends meet. Then she came to the West Seneca Service Action Corps (now The Service Collaborative of WNY, Inc.). While serving as an AmeriCorps member for two consecutive terms, Lasharee is achieving her dream. Making deliveries for the Buffalo Food Bank, building homes through YouthBuild and beautifying local parks, Lasharee is making a difference to those around her. Now she is about to receive her GED, a feat she had not imagined possible two years ago. Lasharee cannot wait to go to college and build her future.
–“I don’t just want to feed people and clean a lot, I want to inspire. I want to teach people through my actions. I want people to get this message of service and do it too. There is no point sitting around blaming others for not succeeding. I’ve been given a gift, inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King I want to walk in his footsteps inspiring others.”
(written in 2005)