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Alums in Government: Continuing to Serve our Country in their Life After AmeriCorps

May 31, 2012

On Wednesday May 16, AmeriCorps Alums convened an event long overdue for the national service community, and hopefully one that foreshadows the immense potential of the alumni footprint that is the legacy of 18 years and 775,000 alumni  of AmeriCorps programs.

AmeriCorps Alums, in partnership with the AmeriCorps Alums DC chapter, ServeNext, and Points of Light, held a networking reception for “AmeriCorps and VISTA alumni in Government.”  We were thrilled to have over 50 attendees – Alums working in the House and Senate, Departments of Defense and State, HHS, HUD, CNCS, Library of Congress and others.  We also invited Congressman Heinrich (New Mexico) – an AmeriCorps Alum himself – to attend.  He couldn’t make it, but did send along this contribution to our National AmeriCorps Week photo campaign highlighting the divergent and impactful career tracks followed by alumni of AmeriCorps.

AmeriCorps Alums is working closely with the DC Alums Chapter and the AmeriCorps Alums National Advisory Council to plan other engagement opportunities specifically targeting Alums in government, as well as considering ways we reach and engage more alumni who have served in AmeriCorps and are now in government.  The event gave us great insight into how to engage Alum in leadership more broadly, as well as find more ways to involve this important subset of Alums.

It was particularity notable to me that many of the attendees at the event felt an acute connection to their AmeriCorps service, that for most it was directly related to their current work, and that they were interested in finding new ways to serve.  This represents an immense opportunity for all of us. I look forward to working together to better engage alumni of AmeriCorps in their lifetime of service.

Thanks to Mary Bruce, Morgan St. Jean, Zach Maurin, and Julie Murphy for helping to plan and execute the event.  And to Jennifer Ney, Kate Kavouras, Sean McDevitt and others for helping to get the word out. Read more from the DC Chapter here:

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