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Michelle Obama Loves AmeriCorps Alums

January 22, 2009

As many of you know, AmeriCorps Alums was honored to  march in Tuesday’s Inaugural Parade and  Alums from across the country gathered in Washington for this amazing opportunity!  When our group of over 100 got to the White House and began their trip in front of the first family it was clear that the new administration is committed to service and our movement… just take a look!  And be sure to check out our YouTube Channel with tons of other great footage from Tuesday.

A word from AmeriCorps Alum, Emily Gilliland on the Inauguration:

This email finds me in an airport on my way back from the Inauguration to Portland.  13 years ago I was lucky enough to be accepted into AmeriCorps. I spent 2 years in service through a program called Volunteer Maryland which trained me to be a volunteer coordinator. This experience changed my life. It gave me a job… sure, but it was much more. The greatest take away’s from the experience were the knowledge that a band of community members can really “get things done” and that folks who are involved with AmeriCorps are some of the most special, talented people in the world… friends for life and partners in service.

Yesterday, we took the world stage by participating in the Inaugural parade honoring Barack Obama. Spending the day with 150 of these passionate service leaders connected to AmeriCorps was enough inspiration to last all of 2009! Walking past the presidential viewing booth mere feet from the Obama’s? I wish time could have stood still! I think I strained a muscle waving so hard. It’s not because I am confident that they can fix what ails the country, but I am excited because they see the potential in all of us to band together, like AmeriCorps, and GET THINGS DONE!

My commitment to national service keeps me inspired every day, and yesterday was a day I will never forget!”

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