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Happy AmeriCorps Week!

May 13, 2009

So, it’s Wednesday, May 13th and we at AmeriCorps Alums hope you’re having a spectacular AmeriCorps Week so far!

Below is a guest blog from a very active Alum, Ericka Zdenek, who’s put together a great photo project to commemorate all the amazing people who make up the AmeriCorps family.

The “I AM AmeriCorps” Portrait Project, formerly known as “I AM AmeriCorps Alums” is an awareness campaign to recognize the millions of individuals who work to build and strengthen communities through AmeriCorps. It was launched on Inauguration Day 2009 when AmeriCorps Alums, Inc. marched in the inaugural parade. To date, there are over 200 portraits representing alumni, members, community partners, program directors, State Commission staff, etc. holding an “I AM AmeriCorps” sign.

If you are interested in seeing or contributing to the collection, the portrait project is housed on the Facebook group “I AM AmeriCorps”. In addition, the project will be hosted by AmeriCorps Alums, Inc. at the National Conference on Volunteering and Service in San Francisco, June 22-24th. Join the fun and help us put a face to the world of AmeriCorps.

AmeriCorps Week will be a signature event to build our collection.  Volunteer photographers from across the country will be heading out into their community to capture the spirit of AmeriCorps. We already have commitments from individuals in DC, Florida, Texas, Iowa, California, Maryland, and Hawaii! “It is amazing to see the support for this project and connect with the AmeriCorps family through photos. The goal is to reach half a million photos to be a symbol of the power of service. The action is simple, but the message is powerful,” said Ericka Zdenek, project creator.

Ericka Zdenek has been involved in national service for the last 14 years. She served terms with the AmeriCorps*NCCC, AmeriCorps*VISTA, and the Peace Corps. Currently, she works with the Volunteer Florida, the Governor’s Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service.

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