One of the great things about my current position as an AmeriCorps program coordinator is that I can more effectively do my job by being an active community member. Last weekend I was able to see two AmeriCorps members in action when I volunteered at the Rug Auction. This week I stopped by Riordan Mansion on Tuesday and helped with their cleaning day. Our AmeriCorps member Rachel showed me the art of dusting and we teamed up to dust the west wing of the house. Dusting is a lot like pulling invasive weeds. At first it seems like a chore, but then you get into it and you are in this moment of zen, making the world a better place. By the end you are just obsessed, not able to put down your tools until every last speck of dust has been cleared. Also, like weeding, dusting allows you a chance to chat and catch up with other volunteers. Now if it was only that interesting to dust my own house!