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By: Maiya Greenwood, AmeriCorps member serving at American Rivers

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This month I started an eleven month term as an AmeriCorps member for the California Regional Office of American Rivers, and what a month it has been! I have helped with field work, traveled to different communities, and made allies with a multitude of passionate and knowledgeable people.

I am serving at American Rivers through the Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership (SNAP), whose focus is on watershed stewardship in the Sierra Nevada mountains. I grew up in Lake Tahoe, nestled in the Sierra Nevada mountain range and now, serving with American Rivers I finally have the chance to give back to the mountains that raised me. It is hard to believe that within two weeks I finished my laboratory technician job in Nevada, moved to California and started my new position as an AmeriCorps member in Nevada City. My first work week has been nothing short of exiting, and I am already grateful for this opportunity through American Rivers and SNAP!

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Members of the Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership 2016-17.

By: Maiya Greenwood, AmeriCorps member serving at American Rivers

This month I started an eleven month term as an AmeriCorps member for the California Regional Office of American Rivers...

By: Bill Basl, Director of AmeriCorps

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You can sense the excitement, the sense of purpose, from the moment you enter the offices of The Service Collaborative of Western New York.  

Situated in a lower income area of Buffalo, this structure serves as an anchor and beacon of renewed hope that great things are happening in the neighborhood.  It’s more than the structure that looks new; there are new faces among the employees. National service entrepreneurs help design initiatives that utilize service as a strategy to rebuild lives and communities in this iconic city.  This vision brings hope and 21st century evidence-based outcome initiatives that engage many in helping build the new Buffalo.

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The extraordinary creativity of this unique national service intermediary organization emanates from the visionary leaders, most of whom are AmeriCorps alums themselves. The true test of these creative values rests in the actual members who accomplished the most diverse collection of activities in any city. The YouthBuild AmeriCorps members pictured below not only transformed a neighborhood by rebuilding an abandoned house identified by Habitat for Humanity, they learned new construction skills and enabled a family to celebrate their first Thanksgiving in their new home.  These are the faces of a new generation of leaders who stand up each day and whose actions speak of what it truly means to rebuild and reclaim communities.

Katie Neal knows her way around a solar electric system. After earning her Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering, she launched her career working as a residential and commercial solar designer with SolarCity. But after spending the first part of her career behind a desk, she recently elected to shift to a more hands-on focus.

Now she has the opportunity to get up on the roof each day as GRID Alternatives North Valley’s newest SolarCorps Construction Fellow under the national AmeriCorps program, with additional support from Pacific Gas & Electric Company.

“What drew me to construction is that I was always telling people what we were going to install but I didn’t have any personal, hands on experience with it,” Katie said. “I thought gaining that experience would not only be interesting and fun to do, but make me a better designer and kind of round out what I know about solar.”

As a woman who has worked in traditionally male-dominated fields for her entire career, Katie is also committed to increasing gender diversity in the workplace. She feels that the most important way to create an environment that is amenable to the participation of women in the solar workforce stems from providing opportunities for confidence-building.

“Training is the number one thing. Before I ever go out and do something hands-on, I want to know what I’m doing and have an overview of it.  A lot of women don’t want to jump in and possibly make a mistake or waste material. Training definitely increases comfort and confidence.”

By: Danielle Douglas-Gabriel, Washington Post

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Katarzyna Massie, Rita Nirola and Connie Winternitz attend a Bone Builders class at Potomac Community Methodist Church. (Sue Schick)

It doesn’t take much more than a chair, a set of dumbbells and an occasional ankle weight to make Pat Miller, 83, feel strong. Twice a week, Miller heads to Potomac Community Methodist Church in Maryland, where she spends an hour doing resistance and weight-bearing exercises designed to strengthen her bones. Sometimes that means balancing on one leg while slowly lifting the other with weights strapped to her ankle, or lowering herself into a chair squat.

The aptly named Bone Builders class has become a staple in Miller’s fitness routine, one that for decades solely consisted of taking and teaching yoga classes. That all changed a few years back when Miller was diagnosed with osteopenia, a condition that softens the bone and puts her at greater risk for developing osteoporosis.

Her doctor recommended Miller integrate some resistance training into her workouts, and she did for a time, but she lost interest until a friend encouraged her to sign up for Bone Builders, a free class sponsored by the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services for ages 55 and up.

“What I notice is, I have more energy when I’m doing the classes on a regular basis,” Miller said. “It makes a difference. I haven’t had any fractures in years.”

Bone Builders is one of a number of fitness programs specifically designed to improve bone density and combat osteoporosis. The disease, which causes bones that have lost density or mass to become susceptible to breaking, affects the lives of an estimated 54 million Americans, according to the National Osteoporosis Foundation. It can occur in men and women at any age but is most common in older women, especially after menopause.

By: Lois Nembhard, Acting-Director, Social Innovation Fund

Early and effective treatment can help people with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) – the virus that causes acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) – manage infections, improve overall health, and reduce risk of transmitting the virus to others.

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AIDS United, a 2010 Social Innovation Fund (SIF) Classic grantee, devoted five years to working with communities across the U.S. identifying and testing solutions that remove barriers between people with HIV and the treatment and prevention services they need. These barriers include poverty, a lack of stable housing and transportation, mental health and substance abuse issues, and stigmas attached to HIV, sexual identity, and drug use. 

AIDS United recently released the results of the rigorous evaluation of its SIF-funded Access to Care (A2C) initiative. Through A2C, AIDS United and its 12 SIF subgrantees identified underserved and hard-to-reach HIV-positive populations and linked or re-connected them to HIV/AIDS treatment services. The A2C subgrantees worked with local partners to identify access problems in their communities and designed new ways to deliver medical care and other supports. 

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