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.
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 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.
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.
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.