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MLK Day of Service – What AmeriCorps Alums Are Doing For Others

January 18, 2013

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’” – Martin Luther King Jr.

189968_10151108762381853_901550447_nAs AmeriCorps Alums, we have come to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day annually as a Day of Service and 2013 is no different! Some of our chapters, like the Camden, AR chapter, commemorated the Day of Service early by serving last weekend. Don’t fret if you missed the events as Alums will also be volunteering this weekend!

AmeriCorps Alums Chapters will be serving in communities across the country and many opportunities are still open to volunteers. Alums, current members, and friends of National Service are all welcomed to serve!

Read below for service event information from AmeriCorps Alums Chapters:

Metro Atlanta – Alums will be meeting in the Belvedere neighborhood and be working on several different houses. We will meet at 3037 Laguna Dr. Decatur, GA 30032. Please sign up on www.dekalbhabitat.org under the “Volunteer” tab.

Austin – Alums in Austin will partake in two service events this weekend. First, join State Representative Dawnna Dukes and United Way for Greater Austin at the 14th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. Clean Up on Saturday, January 19, 2013. This year, the entire MLK Day of Service will be focused on cleaning MLK Blvd. RSVP here with HandsOn Central Texas. In addition to the Saturday service opportunity, Alums will be hosting a Sunday Supper movie screening of the documentary, “The Interrupters” and will discuss the topics of violence (and peace), youth and community engagement.

Bay Area – Join Alums on MLK Day for JANUARY SERVICE PROJECT: MLK DAY OF SERVICE – “What Are You Doing For Others?” To reserve your space, please contact bmflynn@usfca.edu with your name, preferred shift & volunteer assignment. You may also register guests/friends of AmeriCorps.

Camden (AR) – Last weekend, Alums hosted an economic opportunity project consisting of a resume building and job application workshop. Participant learned how to construct their resumes and volunteers printed them a hard copy, as well as saved their work to a flash drive. Attendees also learned how to properly complete a job application, both manually and online. For Sunday Supper, Alums discussed the results of the MLK Day project, as well as an upcoming at-risk youth project that will be held in Spring 2013.

Connecticut – Come join fellow AmeriCorps Alums for any of the following days! See the full list of projects and registration info here.

Los Angeles – On Monday, January 21, 2013 more than 1000 community and corporate volunteers will make MLK Jr. Day a “Day On, Not a Day Off” as they revitalize the campus of a Title I school in Los Angeles. Volunteers will be completing projects like preparing the new STEM lab, painting  math/science murals in the hallways, helping the teachers organize their new curriculum materials, landscaping, painting their new name across the large main entrance wall, and much more! RSVP: Pedro – barrientos.pedro@gmail.com. You will receive a confirmation email with all the details.

NH Alums who braved the cold last weekend to help canvas for the state-wide canned food drive.

New Hampshire – On January 12th, NH Alums is partnered with all NH AmeriCorps programs in a state-wide canned food drive.  Alums will be led the pre-food drive canvassing and will be joining the current members and programs on the 21st to collect the food.

North Texas – North Texas AmeriCorps Programs (Project Transformation, CitySquare, Jump Start, Reading Partners, Teach For America, Habitat for Humanity and HIPPY) and AmeriCorps Alums of North Texas join together to commemorate MLK Day 2013.This year we will participate in the City of Dallas Parade on January 19th and will have several projects on January 21st. See the full list of projects here.

Sacramento – Alums are currently recruiting approximately 70 Team Leaders and 300 Count Volunteers who will attend mandatory training and assist on count night.  Volunteers who do not attend training cannot participate the night of the event.   Additional roles are available to support event logistics, including pre-event phone tree assistance and registration/staging support on the night of the count.  All volunteers must be at least 16 years old.  Please contact Dan Shin, AmeriCorps VISTA at Sacramento Steps Forward,  at 916-577-9772 or via email at dshin@sacstepsforward.org for more details.

San Antonio – Partnering with City Year San Antonio, AmeriCorps Alums is hosting MLK Day of Service projects on Saturday, January 19, 2013 from 8AM – 1PM in celebration of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Several micro revitalization and beautification projects (such as landscaping and touch-up projects) are being coordinated along the route that the 26th Annual San Antonio Martin Luther King Jr. March will take place on Monday, January 21, 2013. Alums haven’t been assigned a project yet, but there are 15 spots reserved. Please RSVP by emailing Shannon Perry at shannon.perry@ymail.com.

Washington D.C. – Volunteers at the Unite America in Service event will pack 100,000 care kits filled with necessities for U.S. Service Members, Wounded Warriors, Veterans and First Responders. Join us to show appreciation to those who serve our country. Volunteers ages 12 to 17 years are welcome with parents or legal guardians. Large groups are also welcome to join. To RSVP, e-mail Lizzie Martinez at dcservice@americorpsalums.org, indicate your preferred volunteer shift, and you will be added to the list of alumni attendees.

For all those in Washington DC, we would like to invite you to a special Happy Hour convened by AmeriCorps Alums  from 6:00 – 8:00 pm on Friday January 18, 2013 at Cause – The Philanthropub to begin the MLK Day weekend of service and Inauguration weekend. Corporation for National and Community Service CEO Wendy Spencer, AmeriCorps Director Bill Basl, Serve DC Executive Director Jeffrey Richardson, and other Senior-level CNCS and national service celebrity guests will be in attendance. The event will be convening upstairs and registration is limited so make sure you RSVP for the event on Facebook.

Are you looking for Alums to volunteer at your upcoming Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service weekend? Post your project and contact info in the comment below and let’s all make this a Day ON for service!

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