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AmeriCorps Week Update – Friday

May 20, 2011

By Jeremy Exell, AmeriCorps Alums

AmeriCorps Week is wrapping up and we just wanted to give you some more highlights on some of the great events that have been going on throughout the week.

Since the start of the week, we’ve had more Governors and Mayors join the ranks of those officially proclaiming National AmeriCorps Week. Governor John Lynch (New Hampshire), Governor Bev Perdue(North Carolina),

NH Alums and members with Gov. Lynch

Mayor Marlin Kuykendall (Prescott, AZ), Mayor Phil Gordon (Phoenix, AZ), Jim Lane (Scottsdale, AZ), Mayor Jay Tibshraeny (Chandler, AZ), Mayor Sara Presler (Flagstaff, AZ), Mayor Scott Smith (Mesa, AZ), Mayor Vincent Gray (Washington, DC), and Mayor Sam Adams (Portland, OR) thank you so much for your support of National Service and AmeriCorps!

Our New Hampshire chapter has been doing a great job this week, with a great turn out for their service project on Wednesday. 40 Alumni, current AmeriCorps members, and volunteers braved the soggy conditions to work in the gardens of the New Hampshire Food Bank. Along with a successful service project, 20 current members and Alums toured the New Hampshire Senate where they met with Gov. Lynch and were recognized for their service on the Senate floor. Great job guys and congratulations!

New Hampshire Alums and members serving

The Philadelphia Alums chapter organized a rally for AmeriCorps at City Hall that was attended by over 300 participants. Guest speakers included AmeriCorps Alums Executive Director, Ben Duda; new AmeriCorps VISTA director Mary Strasser, Chief Service Officer Catie Wolfgang, and Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter. AmeriCorps members and Alums from: Youth Build, City Year, Education Works, and the Global Citizen Project. You can read the city of Philadelphia’s official press release on the event here. Great job Rachel, Diana, and all the great Alums in Philly for organizing this event!

We’ve also had some great projects and participation from our chapters in Miami and Austin.

Miami Alums started off the week with a great community kickoff picnic and continued with a great service project cleaning up Oleta State Park.

In Austin, Alums have successfully put on a youth basketball tournament, a trivia night, mixer night for Alums and current members, and a “I Am AmeriCorps” campaign. You can find pictures of their events here.

These are just a few examples from the over 330 projects that have been taking place this week. Early reporting from chapters includes over 5000 hours of service this week so far and we can’t wait to hear the end result. If you haven’t had a chance to volunteer yet there’s still time. Check the list of projects in your area at www.americorpsalumsevents.org and sign up to volunteer tomorrow.

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