National Service Official to Witness Critical Role of AmeriCorps in West Virginia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 
Mar 3, 2017

Acting Chief of Staff and Governor’s official to serve alongside AmeriCorps members supporting local needs and long-term disaster recovery efforts

Charleston, W.Va. – On Monday, March 6, as a part of AmeriCorps Week, Mikel Herrington, acting chief of staff for the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), will serve as an AmeriCorps member for a day and witness long-term disaster recovery efforts firsthand. AmeriCorps week celebrates the contributions of all AmeriCorps programs, current AmeriCorps members, and more than 1 million AmeriCorps alumni who have pledged to get things done for America.

As of today, more than 300 AmeriCorps members and Senior Corps volunteers have responded to flood recovery efforts, with AmeriCorps VISTA members remaining on the ground to support long-term recovery in communities most affected.

CNCS is a federal agency that engages millions of Americans in service through its AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, and Social Innovation Fund, and other programs, and leads the nation’s volunteering and service efforts. For more information, visit NationalService.gov.

Herrington will be joined by Heather Foster, the executive director of the Governor’s Volunteer West Virginia, to serve alongside AmeriCorps members and meet with national service partners on the ground. Details of the service projects are listed below.

Please contact pressoffice@cns.gov if you are interested in attending an event(s) or if looking for something specific not listed.

Monday, March 6, 2017

8:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.  Meeting with National Service Partners
Harding’s Restaurant 2772 Pennsylvania Ave, Charleston, WV 25302
Herrington will meet with staff from the Governor’s Volunteer West Virginia Commission for National and Community Service, West Virginia VOAD, West Virginia University, and AmeriCorps VISTA members to discuss national service disaster response in West Virginia.

10:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. West Virginia VOAD Case Management Service Project
Clendenin, WV
Herrington and AmeriCorps VISTA members will visit a home rebuild site and work with a FEMA case manager to gather information and complete a family case file.

1:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.  Goodwill Service Project
215 Virginia St W, Charleston, WV 25302
Herrington will serve with staff from Volunteer West Virginia and AmeriCorps members who are supporting workforce development and employment readiness projects.  

2:45 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.  Covenant House Service Project
600 Shrewsbury St # 1, Charleston, WV 25301
Herrington will serve with AmeriCorps members at the drop-in center to help residents and families experiencing homelessness.

 

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