Center for Interfaith Cooperation

Hoosiers of Many Faiths in Community

A day (or two) in the life of a CIC AmeriCorps member — Margaret Busch

What’s it like to be part of the Interfaith Enrichment Corp? Margaret Busch shows us.

Meet Margaret Busch. She grew up in Columbus, Ohio but became an Indiana transplant while receiving her Bachelors degree from Indiana Wesleyan University. Since then, she had traveled overseas and lived in the West Coast, returning to Indy in 2016 to start her first AmeriCorps term with the Boys and Girls Club.

CIC AmeriCorps member Margaret Busch [far and colleagues at St. Vincent-Ascension celebrated with Raphael Health Center on their facility expansion and increased health services which now include Dental and Optometry.

Through the CIC AmeriCorps program, Margaret serves in the Public Benefits department of St. Vincent Hospital, increasing community engagement with faith communities in the Crooked Creek/Nora area. Her goal is to extend St. Vincent’s efforts in connected and wholistic health to faith communities. 

CIC AmeriCorps Members from Muslim Alliance of Indiana, St. Monica Catholic Church, COIN and St. Vincent Ascension; collaborated with the staff of St. Monica Parish to bring NAMI’s “Ending the Stigma” training to their community. ETS is a program of the National Alliance on Mental Illness and seeks to break the stigma of mental illness and bring awareness and prevention around suicide.

CIC AmeriCorps members don’t work alone. Not only are they part of teams at their host sites; they also team up with other Interfaith Enrichment Corps members to address serious social issues.

CIC members from the Muslim Alliance of Indiana and other sights joined in solidarity with the Muslim Student Association at Butler University in a vigil for the victims of the New Zealand Mosque shooting.
CIC board members, AmeriCorps and Muslim Neighbors holding a vigil on Monument Circle in remembrance of Mustafa Ayoubi. A local Muslim American man who was shot in an act of hate.

Margaret chose to serve as an AmeriCorps member with CIC because she believes that mental health advocacy and the rights of immigrants and refugees are crucial areas of justice work. Standing up for the rights of the marginalized and oppressed means more than her work at St. Vincent Hospital. It can also mean standing in solidarity with victims of violence such as the mosque-goers in Christchurch or Mustafa Ayoubi here in Indianapolis.

Imam Mikal Saahir and his wife receiving the Center for Interfaith Cooperation’s Interfaith Ambassador of the Year award at Martin University.

Like all CIC AmeriCorps members, she serves with the Interfaith Enrichment Corps (IEC). The goals of IEC align strongly with her personal beliefs: she believes faith communities CAN be healing, safe spaces that effectively serve and advocate for vulnerable populations. 

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