Ben Howard was initially drawn to becoming a part of AmeriCorps because he felt it represented a moral and upstanding organization that fosters civic engagement through service. His goal is to better his social and physical skills in a positive environment, while also improves his community. As he serves as an AmeriCorps member for Bur Oak Land Trust, he feels that focusing attention on care and maintenance of Trust lands that are open to the public is the most important aspect of the work to be done. Ben is excited to serve while also being outside as much as possible, especially as he learns new ecological maintenance skills. When asked about how this service will help with his long-term career goals, Ben says he is looking forward to re-instilling in himself the idea that hard work has great rewards – even if the rewards aren’t seen immediately.