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Natalie Minev – 2010 AmeriCorps VISTA Member of the Year

April 23, 2010

Congratulations to Natalie Minev who is being honored as the 2010 AmeriCorps VISTA member of the Year by Nevada Volunteers, the state commission for AmeriCorps. Find out a little more about Natalie from her spotlight below.  

Name: Natalie Ann-Marie Minev

Host Site: Volunteer Center of Southern Nevada

Hometown: Las Vegas, NV

What is your favorite thing about your AmeriCorps position?: I love the team I work with at the Volunteer Center.  They are funny, amazing, and beautiful people.  I also love doing huge service projects in the community, meeting awesome volunteers who want to make positive change, and interacting with great non-profits around the valley. 

What is your favorite place to eat in southern Nevada?: I love Streets of New York pizza in Centennial Hills for a great slice of pizza.  I also love going to Roberto’s for a carne asada torta. 

What is your favorite thing to do in your spare time?: Chilling with family and friends, reading, spending time outside, playing the guitar, volunteering, eating out, and shopping. 

What is your favorite thing to do or place to go in southern Nevada?: Red Rock. My favorite area of Red Rock is the sandstone quarry.  It is a really cool area to hike or have a picnic.  

What is your favorite movie or TV show?: I am a big American Idol fan.

What are your plans after AmeriCorps?:
Attending Berkeley Law school this fall to study public interest law. 

What is your favorite quote?:
“Have patience with everything that remains unsolved in your heart. Try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books written in a foreign language. Do not now look for the answers. They cannot now be given to you because you could not live them. It is a question of experiencing everything. At present you need to live the question. Perhaps you will gradually, without even noticing it, find yourself experiencing the answer, some distant day.”  – Rainer Maria Rilke

At the Volunteer Center, Natalie works on establishing new partnerships with non-profits in the community and organizing service projects for national days of service. In January she helped organize four different projects for the National Martin Luther King Day of Service that engaged over 500 students and community volunteers across the valley. Recently she organized a service learning project for high school students at Three Square food bank.

Natalie has lived in Las Vegas most of her life and earned a Bachelor’s degree in English and political science at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.  She has two older brothers.  She enjoys reading, hanging out, music, and attempting to learn new languages. 

If you’re interested in learning more about becoming an AmeriCorps or AmeriCorps VISTA member please click on the links or visit the National Service website HERE.

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