Wednesday, February 21, 2007

The Faces of Rural Action

Spotlight: Sara Peach, AmeriCorps*VISTA for Rural Renewal
Submitted by Katy Sulfridge, AmeriCorps*VISTA for Media

This week’s Face of Rural Action is on her second year with the organization. Sara Peach comes to us from central North Carolina, where she graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in Environmental Studies. Her choice in educational training was the result of personal experiences. “When I was young, my mother became dangerously ill with cancer. In college I learned about cancer-causing toxins that are released into the environment every year. I realized that those chemicals could be the reason my mother got sick. People shouldn’t have to put up with that.”

While working at Rural Action, Sara is involved with long range planning for the organization, which she enjoys because she is able to work with community members. Sara told me, “I stayed for a second year as a VISTA because I had the opportunity to work on this project. I wanted this chance to work with the members of this community on figuring out what we want for Rural Action’s work in this region.” Prior to working on the plan for Rural Action, Sara was a member of the Development and Communications team.

In addition to being an AmeriCorps*VISTA placed with Rural Action, Sara sings with the Calliope Feminist Choir. She is also a member of the Eco-Justice Network, a faith-based environmental group in Athens.