Tabitha Glenn

Massachusetts native Tabitha Glenn has lived everywhere, from the redwoods of Northern California to the warm shores of Hawaii.

Tabitha graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with a degree in sociology and a focus in culture, organizations and institutions. After college she joined AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) for 10 months, traveling throughout the Southwest region of the United States doing a variety of community service work. In New Orleans she worked for Habitat for Humanity while volunteering for a charter school. In Denver, she worked for the American Red Cross while simultaneously working for a progressive environmental program. In Big Bend, Tex. she worked on a trail crew at Big Bend National Park. She became a certified wildland firefighter while working at a fire department in Crown King, Ariz.

Later she moved to Maui where she joined the World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF). Shortly after returning to California she moved back to Massachusetts to help support her family and began working at a YMCA Teen Center where she says “I learned far too much about One Direction and all the latest pop music. I grew a sentimental attachment to bad music. I also grew very attached to youth work”. Tabitha cares about the young generation and is deeply concerned about the environment.

After two years of being home she got accepted to work as an AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers In Service to America) member for Vermont Campus Compact (VCC) at Green Mountain College.” The focus of her project at GMC is to encourage higher education among lower income students and to increase the college’s retention rate. As a first generation college student Tabitha feels she can better relate to the variety of issues many students face. “My hope is to be able to use what I’ve learned to help others follow their dreams,” she said.

Tabitha works in the Learning Center where she mostly works with freshmen student athletes. Her goal is to assist students with their transition to college by developing skills such as time management, organization, and goal-setting. Tabitha also works in the Student Financial Services office researching financial literacy and college preparedness so that she can share her knowledge with local rural high school students and parents.

She says: “Overall if I can live in a world where I help others become the best version of themselves, then I’d be a happy cat. The world is a reflection of ourselves after all.”

Tabitha is interested in sharing her perspectives about AmeriCorps. Contact her at glennt@greenmtn.edu

 
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