Belleville AmeriCorps at Southwestern Illinois College has announced Kimberly Vrooman of Freeburg as the new program director.
Vrooman is an alum of SWIC (then Belleville Area College), and she also holds a bachelor’s degree from the Pierre Laclede Honors College at the University of Missouri–St. Louis and a master’s degree in theory of communication and composition from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.
As the founder and former director of Tapestry of Community Offerings, Vrooman helped serve nearly 9,000 families in the region last year. She also teaches as an adjunct English instructor at SWIC.
Vrooman is currently a member of the SWIC Herstory Committee, serves as secretary for the board of directors of the SIUE Meridian Society and was named a Phenomenal Woman of Metropolitan St. Louis in 2014 by Racial Harmony.
“I am a lucky person whose parents taught me that service to others is the primary purpose of human existence,” says Vrooman. “I am open-minded, mission-driven and self-directed with passion, idealism, integrity and a positive attitude. I lead through serving and helping others to follow their dreams. I pledge to put those qualities to use and be a strong asset to SWIC and AmeriCorps by immersing myself in our shared mission.”
Belleville AmeriCorps supports neighborhood and school efforts to strengthen the community. Members serve in local elementary and junior high schools through tutoring programs and summer camps, as well as through local nonprofits and community efforts and events. Volunteers must be 17 or older and can receive monthly stipends, educational awards and more.
— From the Illinois Business Journal