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VISTA Spotlight June 2010 – Ruthie Howard

June 3, 2010

Name: Ruthie Howard

Host Site: Interfaith Council of So. Nevada

Hometown:  San Francisco Bay Area

What is your favorite thing about your AmeriCorps position? :  I love learning about the different faith/religious traditions and how they share so much in common and the positivity people derive from them. My AmeriCorps position came at a time in my life where I was really starting to become interested in spirituality, and I have learned so much already by being a part of the organization. I also love the people I have met both by being a part of AmeriCorps and the interfaith council and the opportunities it has lead to, such as being able to attend interfaith conferences and meet inspiring spiritual leaders.

What is your favorite place to eat in southern Nevada?:  Firefly on Paradise!

What is your favorite thing to do in your spare time?: I like to relax with family and friends (go to dinner, easy hikes, going to the movies, etc. )

What is your favorite thing to do or place to go in southern Nevada? :  I love nature and having picnics, so I try to frequent Lake Mead and Red Rock Canyon often.

What is your favorite movie or TV show?: I am a Lost fanatic.

What are your plans after AmeriCorps? :  I would like to renew for another year as an AmeriCorps VISTA at the Interfaith Council, and I am starting to look into grad programs, but am unsure at the moment. Ideally I would like to travel and experience new places before starting anything long term in life such as grad school.

What is your favorite quote? : “The little things? The little moments? They aren’t little.” – John Zabat-Zinn

Bio:
Ruthie Howard is an AmeriCorps VISTA member at the Interfaith Council of Southern Nevada. Her main objective through the year of service is to assist in capacity building of the organization which includes administrative support for the Interfaith Council, collaborative involvement with United Way partnerships as well as fundraising assistance for the Interfaith Council’s leadership youth program, Camp Anytown. Ruthie graduated from Humboldt State University in May 2009 with an undergraduate degree in Psychology. She relocated to the Las Vegas area in July 2009 from the San Francisco Bay area. Ruthie has felt inspired by working with the Interfaith Council and staff of Camp Anytown, and has therefore decided to further her education in the field of Social Work following her service as an AmeriCorps VISTA.

Additional info:
Ruthie Howard, an AmeriCorps VISTA at the Interfaith Council of Southern Nevada, is featured in June’s VISTA spotlight. At the Interfaith Council, Ruthie has helped establish a functioning board of directors, assisted in rewriting the organization’s bylaws, and contributed to redesigning the website. Ruthie has also been helping develop committees at the Interfaith Council that will support and expand the organization’s programming. Recently she has helped develop a “Monthly Meeting” committee and a “Special Projects” committee. Ruthie has thoroughly enjoyed being a part of the Interfaith Council as it expands because she has furthered her interest and education in different faith traditions, and has the opportunity be a part of an atmosphere of genuine mutual respect.

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