AmeriCorps changed my life. Through AmeriCorps I was able to earn my high school diploma, gain great life skills and enroll in college. And, thanks to my AmeriCorps Education Award, I had the money I needed to pay for books and other supplies not covered by financial aid. AmeriCorps has given me the life-changing opportunity to help others, which is just as important as helping myself. I still remember the time when I helped deliver 800 Christmas trees to families throughout the community. It was hard work but it felt good. Knowing that all those families and their children would get to celebrate a more joyous Christmas gave me a warm feeling inside.