AmeriCorps Week Showcases Service in Action

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Each year during AmeriCorps Week, we highlight the contributions of our AmeriCorps members and alums, and the impact they are making in communities across the nation.

This year's event takes place March 9-17 and gives these dedicated national service members and their local partners a chance to show how great they are at “getting things done.”

AmeriCorps members lace up their boots and pack up their gear before heading out for the day's assignment.

Currently, more than 75,000 AmeriCorps members are touching the lives of millions as they tackle challenges that improve lives, strengthen communities, expand economic opportunity, and bolster civic and faith-based organizations.

This year's theme is “AmeriCorps Works,” reflecting the triple bottom line return on investment -- for the recipients that benefit, the people who serve, and for the larger community and nation. Since 1994, more than 800,000 members have served more than 1 billion hours helping our most vulnerable citizens and mobilizing millions of volunteers.

Service is a proven solution for our nation whether AmeriCorps members are providing disaster relief and recovery services in the AmeriCorps NCCC and its FEMA Corps unit; fighting poverty through AmeriCorps VISTA; enhancing educational outcomes through teaching, tutoring, or mentoring efforts; or supporting veterans and military families with re-entry and employment services.

Just last week, we launched an initiative, School Turnaround AmeriCorps, with the Department of Education. This new program will support a dedicated unit of national service members who will provide additional support and resources in persistently underachieving schools.

During AmeriCorps Week, our members will be able to showcase the exceptional commitment and impact generated by AmeriCorps members. The two main goals for the week are to:

  • Communicate the powerful impact that AmeriCorps has on big community challenges and on the lives of its members and alumni.
  • Connect AmeriCorps members and alums with each other so they feel they are a part of a cause much larger than themselves or their individual project.

The following resources that have been designed to help AmeriCorps members, AmeriCorps host sites, AmeriCorps grantees, and our partners in the national service network get involved and show their support:

AmeriCorps members and partners can highlight their work by using the AmeriCorps Week Impact Kit. You can also use social media to share the positive impact that AmeriCorps has on our communities. Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter (@AmeriCorps), and don't forget to use hashtag #ACweek or #AmeriCorps Works.

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