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Texas Alumni Co-Host Largest National Service Day of Recognition in North Texas

April 13, 2016

Today’s guest blog is written by the AmeriCorps Alums of North Texas chapter leaders Lisa Tatum, Dhriti Stocks, and Stephanie Fenniri. Want to connect with the chapter? Register with AmeriCorps Alums and select this chapter as your “home chapter.” You can also send them an email or follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

On April 6, 2015, more than 75 individuals representing 12 national service programs in North Texas gathered to celebrate the Mayor, County, and Tribal Leader Recognition Day for National Service. This event, presented by the AmeriCorps Alums of North Texas alumni chapter, Senior Corps and the North Texas AmeriCorps Alliance was the largest Mayor and County Day of Recognition to take place in North Texas.

miguel solis and lisa tatum

Teach for America AmeriCorps alum and the youngest Dallas ISD School Board Member ever elected by that body, Miguel Solis, and North Texas Chapter Leader Lisa Tatum

North Texas alumni chapter leader, Lisa Tatum, served as the Mistress of Ceremonies and inspirational speakers from service organizations such as CitySquare, Senior Corps, Teach for America, the Dallas ISD School Board, the OneStar Foundation, and the Mayor of Dallas shared their stories of serving as AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, and AmeriCorps VISTA members.

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Event speakers (left to right): Mayor Rawlings, Miguel Solis (Board President of Dallas ISD Board of Trustees), Sheriff Lupe Valdez, Terry Gunnell (Texas State Program Director at CNCS) and Larry James (CEO of City Square)

The North Texas chapter was proud to stand alongside Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, who has been a strong advocate and supporter of national service programs. During Mayor Rawlings’s terms, he has implemented an AmeriCorps VISTA program in South Dallas to support economic development and fight poverty in a neglected area of the city. At the event, Mayor Rawlings shared his dedication to national service as a unique and vital way to get things done in the City of Dallas and Dallas County and thanked all the members and program directors in the audience for their service to the community.

The event emcee, Lisa Tatum, similarly echoed Mayor Rawlings statements and shared the importance of staying connected with a lifetime of service. The North Texas chapter (and other alumni chapters across the country) helps make it easy to stay connected and keep developing professionally by providing essential professional development and continued service opportunities.

Check out five of the best pictures from the exciting event as community leaders, AmeriCorps members, and alums celebrated the impact of national service in North Texas!

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City Year AmeriCorps members jump for joy & service!

proud senior corps group

Proud Senior Corps Foster Grandparents

corps members on why serve

AmeriCorps members share why they serve & why service matters

mayor rawlings with americorps members

Mayor Rawlings with AmeriCorps members

Lisa tatum with volunteer now ready corps members

Lisa Tatum with Volunteer Now Ready Corps members

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