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Google search leads to the Earth Team Volunteer Program

Who would have ever thought a simple google search to find out more about volunteering opportunities in Minnesota would lead to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Earth Team Volunteer Program (ETV)? This is what happened to Sabrina Moore of Roseville, Minnesota.

Sabrina Moore, Earth Team VolunteerMoore, an Americorps volunteer with the St. Paul Public Housing Agency, was searching on Google for ways in which she could spice up her role as Volunteer Coordinator for the St. Paul Public Housing Agency. Within minutes of doing a Google search, Moore found several links to NRCS’ ETV Program. After reading through several Google search results, Moore decided she would reach out to USDA-NRCS in Minnesota to see if there were any ways she could help NRCS volunteer.

Moore contacted Julie MacSwain, MN NRCS Earth Team Volunteer Coordinator to see if there was something she could do for NRCS. Moore has always comfortable and passionate to volunteer in areas focused on the environment and conservation. MacSwain came up with some ideas for Moore to assist NRCS in outreach efforts and with social media, such as Twitter. This was right up Moore’s alley- a current goal of hers is to build up her communications experience, so combining social media and outreach efforts was a great way to do so. Not to mention incorporating her hobby in photography in her volunteer role at NRCS. In just a few months period, Moore has helped NRCS exhibit at National Pheasant Fest and has worked on some sample tweets for NRCS to use for National Ag Day in March, 2013.

Moore, a native of California, looks forward to spring showing up in Minnesota as she wants to volunteer in the great outdoors and see how NRCS helps people help the land. She believes volunteering is a great way to meet new people who are invigorating and passionate about their work while getting to constantly learn in the environment of the organization you volunteer. Personally, it has helped her get more acquainted living in a new city and being involved in the activities the organization operates with in its community.

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