Mt. Rushmore with Lauren Freeman, City of Albion, MI

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Lauren Freeman

AmeriCorps VISTA working in Albion, Michigan

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Albion attractions: 
  • Albion’s Historic Bohm Theatre – An amazing example of community collaboration and resilience, received prestigious Governor’s Award for Historic Preservation, and has quite the interesting history.
  • Festival of the Forks – An annual festival to celebrate Albion’s prime location at the fork of the Kalamazoo River and includes lots of great food, music, a car show, parade and much more.
  • Albion’s Downtown – Our main street will finish up a huge rebricking project here shortly, which is a big step in our efforts to revitalize the downtown area. It’s an exciting time to be in Albion!
  • The people – Albion is a diverse, small town community in Michigan with a lot of heart. Getting to know Albion residents has been on the greatest gifts of my year of service as an AmeriCorps VISTA.
Halloween candy: 
Honestly anything chocolate, but here are some of my favorites.
  • Almond Joy
  • Kit Kat
  • 100 Grand
  • Twix
Dinner guests: 
  • Jane Jacobs
  • Matthew Desmond
  • Barack Obama
  • Lin-Manuel Miranda
Movies: 
  • Good Will Hunting
  • Interstellar
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Bridesmaids
Life goals:
  • Live in a big city.
  • Earn a graduate degree.
  • Own a dog.
  • Make a positive impact in Albion and other communities I work in throughout my life.