Looking back and looking forward

Time has been flying. It doesn’t seem like it, but I have been with EFTA/ECC for nearly three months and I have just over two more to go. I didn’t realize until recently this was about my half-way point in the internship. However, with all that time, I have grown and become more familiar with ECC. This organization has undergone massive changes in the past twenty-five years since it was created. It’s still ECC and it is still working on environmental justice and community issues, but it does so in a different way.

ECC has a long and interesting history. It was even featured on 60 Minutes, and you can watch it here. ECC has had dozens of corps members, all with their own experiences and opinions. I have also been lucky enough to meet a few of the founding Corps members and those form the first generations. Their perspectives on ECC, the community, and Washington are interesting. Some express concern that ECC functions differently and others say they understand why it is.

ECC still tries to maintain that Corps of young people and make a difference in the community. Although it may sometimes be smaller and methods have changed, ECC is still trying to make a difference. The neighborhood is different than it was 25 years ago and it just isn’t reasonable to expect it to function in the same way. As times change, so must ECC to better serve the community. Although there are bumps on the road, it is to be expected; that’s what small non-profits are. I’m interested to see where ECC goes in the future and how it will look in five or ten years. But until then, I am more than happy to help serve here for the rest of my time.

Allen Cardenas
allen.cardenas95@gmail.com
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