AmeriCorps was pivotal in changing the course of Caitlin's life. When the financial crisis hit, the company she was working for closed and she lost her job. AmeriCorps was there to give Caitlin the opportunity and experience to make a change in the trajectory of her career. She served for a year with Rebuilding Together Dayton, in Dayton, OH, helping to manage volunteers and conduct community and corporate outreach about RTD's home repair and revitalization programs. From there, Caitlin knew that her life would be dedicated to the service of others. After her term, Caitlin moved to Chicago and got involved with AmeriCorps Alums Chicago, local and national Rebuilding Together projects, and advocacy for national service. Her experience in these arenas led to her current career at United Way of Metropolitan Chicago, where she works as the Senior Manager of Volunteer Project Development, helping to meet the volunteer needs of United Way's agency partners by developing meaningful service experiences for corporate groups. Caitlin has stayed involved with her national service roots as President of the AmeriCorps Alums Chicago chapter, and continues to be a passionate and vocal advocate for AmeriCorps.