AmeriCorps Member Spotlight
Joseph Raymond, Indy Reads WorkLiteracy Coach
What is a quote you love or a mantra you live by?
People are their actions, not their words, or “you will know them by their fruits”.
Why did you apply to be an Indy Reads AmeriCorps WorkLiteracy Coach?
I’ve found it difficult to do much about fatherless homes but I feel both responsible and privileged to make a difference in literacy in our community.
Last book you read?
“Continuum” by Mari Evans.
Favorite memory so far as an Indy Reads AmeriCorps Member?
Listening to a group of learners reading from “Moby Dick” with Inflection.
Favorite local restaurant in Indianapolis?
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I am still a cycling fanatic and want to get back to swimming at least 3 days a week and cycling at least 5 with frequent bikepacking trips. Before I returned to school in 2018 I was cycling > 3500 miles per season on a road bike. I think my days running are behind me.
What do you hope to do after life as an AmeriCorps member?
I expect to return to school to finish my senior year of my BS in ART. After that, I will look for service opportunities.
Dealer’s Choice. What else would you like us to know?
Before returning to school in 2018 I withdrew from multiple choral commitments. It wasn’t until the Christmas list came around that I realized how great that commitment had been. I had the blessing of working with many outstanding choirs and supporting great musicians, often additionally supporting organizations like the Midwest Food Bank and the Immigrant welcome center. If it’s part of what’s next then the opportunity will come up again.