Congratulations to AmeriCorps Alums Daily Point of Light Honorees!
Happy AmeriCorps Week! From March 9th– 14th, AmeriCorps Alums is happy to be celebrating how Alums are “Made In AmeriCorps” and we’ve been sharing photos and stories from alumni on our wall on Facebook and using #MadeInAmeriCorps on Twitter and Instagram.
This week, two AmeriCorps alumni are being recognized for their exemplary service to their communities as recipients of the Daily Point of Light Award. The Daily Point of Light Award, distributed by Points of Light, was established by former President George H. W. Bush to engage individuals, families, businesses and groups to solve community problems through voluntary service. Click here to learn more about the award and how you can nominate an individual or group that inspires change through service.
Congratulations to our AmeriCorps Alums of North Texas Chapter Leader and award recipient #4971 Lisa Tatum and Serve DC Executive Director and award recipient #4972 Jeffrey Richardson! Read below to learn more about their “Made In AmeriCorps” service stories!
Lisa is the Senior Manager, Disaster Preparedness at the Volunteer Center of North Texas. She coordinates volunteer recruitment and management for a local high-impact collaboration called the Mass Care Task Force. In addition to her daily life of service, she leads the AmeriCorps Alums of North Texas local chapter and serves on the Board of Sustainable Education Solutions, an effort to launch an environmental charter school in the Great Trinity Forest area.
Lisa’s work with the Volunteer Center goes above and beyond her role managing volunteers for disaster preparedness. She liaises with local VOAD, COAD, Citizen Corps, and Regional Emergency Managers to ensure that the collaboration extends across all networks. Additionally, she supports her work by maintaining her standing as a Red Cross volunteer for fifteen years and serves in a leadership role with the Red Cross DFW’s Volunteer Services Department. By building cohesiveness between AmeriCorps programs and AmeriCorps Alums, North Texas has been able to work to host a coordinated MLK Day of Service Project, Life After AmeriCorps Seminar, and various AmeriCorps Week activities. Lisa has been instrumental in establishing this foundation for collaboration.
Lisa is wholly committed to service. Her work with the Volunteer Center helps to meet a great need for disaster preparedness in a community like North Texas with such high risk for being affected by a disaster. As the leader of AmeriCorps Alums of North Texas, she is responsible for planning and strategy, and creates a vision for the leadership team to execute on. Her work to create the vision for a North Texas community of committed national service alumni encompasses local AmeriCorps Programs, nonprofit organizations, and AmeriCorps Alums. She has worked to engage One Star Foundation on a state level to ensure support for all chapter activities. As a Board member for Sustainable Education Solutions, she provides her expertise in nonprofit management. The need for environmental education and the void that the organization can fill by creating an environmental charter school that takes advantage of the Great Trinity Forest is great.
Lisa has a heart for service, and this commitment can be seen in every facet of her life. Even greater is her willingness to see strong collaboration in communities and work to build that in every situation she is faced with. Lisa inspires all of us work towards a better community together, and her spirit of collaboration and her ability to organize people and bring them together to effect change is unique.
Jeffrey D. Richardson is an AmeriCorps Alum and the Executive Director of Serve DC – The Mayor’s Office on Volunteerism. Serve DC is the DC Commission on National and Community Service. In his role as Executive Director, he guides the organization in achieving its mission of promoting service as an innovative, sustainable solution to the challenges we face as a community and a nation. Serve DC awards more than $500,000 in grants each year to nonprofits, faith-based organizations and universities to strengthen organizational capacity, and create and expand programs that fight poverty and advance economic opportunity and academic achievement.
A graduate of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and The Howard University School of Social Work, Jeffrey shares with the Commission, a commitment to compassion for the low-income populations they serve and to inclusivity of youth populations (foster care, youth in care, and other non-traditionally served groups). Prior to his work at the Children’s Services’ Summer Fresh Air Experience Program; focused on at-risk children whose emotional and behavioral symptoms interfere with their ability to function in school, at home, or within the community.
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