Delaware Graduates 170 Corps Members, Celebrates Yvette Artis as Alum of the Year
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Last night in Delaware, Executive Director of Serve Delaware Erastus Mong’are (who’s also an AmeriCorps Alum) celebrated the achievements of 170 AmeriCorps members who served the state in 2012-2013. The Delaware AmeriCorps members provide intensive, results-driven service to meet disaster services, education, economic, environmental, health, and other pressing needs in communities across the state either through national nonprofits like Public Allies and Teach for America, embedded with local organizations as an AmeriCorps VISTA and in four unique local programs:
- Caring Corps, Ministry of Caring‘s AmeriCorps members serve the ongoing needs of the poor including food for the hungry, job placement services, & support transitional/permanent housing for the homeless.
- Emergency Services Corps of the YMCA of Delaware AmeriCorps, serve within local fire companies, recruit volunteer fire fighters, teach CPR, lead fire safety workshops in schools, and staff emergency services offices
- Delaware Habitat for Humanity AmeriCorps members support and scale the organization’s mission to build simple, decent, and affordable homes in partnership with low-income families.
- Connecting Generations‘ Youth Ambassadors AmeriCorps members serve as Mentor Coordinators in schools and community programs, helping to recruit, place, train, and support mentors.
Serve Delaware also honored AmeriCorps Alum Yvette Artis as the 2012-2013 Alum of the Year. Here’s what they had to say in honor of Yvette’s commitment to a lifetime of service:
Yvette began her service with AmeriCorps, at The Ministry of Caring on October 4, 2010. Yvette was a Program Assistant at our Francis X. Norton Center where she assisted in coordinating activities for the seniors who reside at Sacred Heart Village (Low income housing for seniors). Yvette signed on for a second term starting as a Program Assistant at our Francis X. Norton Center, but, about half-way through her second term, she split her time between working with the seniors to the opposite end of the spectrum where she became part of the culinary program at Guardian Angel Child Care. Once her service with AmeriCorps was complete, she became a full-time employee of the Ministry of Caring.
Yvette was one of our slightly more mature members, but that did not stop her from serving side by side with some of her younger counterparts. Yvette is a great role model and led by example. She is a quiet force letting her work ethic and dedication speak for itself. She served with style and grace and flexibility when changes in her role were necessary, going wherever she was needed most.
Yvette’s story is a great example of how AmeriCorps builds skills that lead to personal growth and professional opportunities. A powerful example of service leading to employment – AmeriCorps is truly developing a pipeline of 21st century leaders!
We congratulate all 170 AmeriCorps members who’ve completed their term in Delaware. We wish you the best as you continue to get things done and make a difference in your communities. But most especially – WELCOME TO AMERICORPS ALUMS! Get connected to the AmeriCorps alumni network on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter