This week, cities across Arizona will join thousands of Americans nationwide in celebrating the valuable contributions of the AmeriCorps members who pledge to “get things done” for our nation as part of the annual AmeriCorps Week, March 8-14.
“We are proud to be part of AmeriCorps and grateful for the AmeriCorps VISTA members who are getting things done for Arizona,” said Robin Hanson, Program Director – AmeriCorps VISTA at the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits. “AmeriCorps VISTA members have made a significant impact on Arizona’s ability to meet so many local needs in communities including Bisbee, San Luis, Sedona, Globe and Willcox, among others.”
The weeklong AmeriCorps Week celebration also honors the contributions and support of thousands of local organizations that make AmeriCorps VISTA programs possible. In Somerton, Josue Becerra at the Regional Center for Border Health; Lexis Reed in Phoenix with the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits; and in Bisbee, Ramona Hernandez, with the Cochise County Superintendent’s Office are making a difference in their communities, Hanson said.
Special recognition activities are planned in Sedona, Globe and Willcox.
Every year, 75,000 AmeriCorps members serve through more than 20,000 schools, nonprofits, and community and faith-based organizations across the country. These citizens have played a critical role in the recovery of communities affected by natural disasters like Hurricanes Katrina, Sandy, Harvey, and Maria. They also tutor and mentor young people, connect veterans to jobs, care for seniors, reduce crime and revive cities, fight the opioid epidemic, and meet other critical needs.
The Corporation for National and Community Service, the federal agency responsible for AmeriCorps, marked the 25th anniversary of the program last fall, saluting the more than 1.1 million Americans who have pledged to “get things done” since the program’s inception in 1994.
Together, they have provided more than 1.6 billion hours of service and earned $4 billion in education scholarships to pay for college or pay back student loans.
A growing body of research shows that service has an effect on more than just the communities served, but also on the members themselves. AmeriCorps alumni credit their year of service for developing leadership skills that bridges divides, solves problems, and opens doors to opportunities that advance their careers and education.
In addition, research shows that alumni gain skills and are exposed to experiences that communities and employers find valuable. Public, private, and nonprofit sector employers have also demonstrated their commitment to hiring AmeriCorps alumni, signing on to be an Employer of National Service.
To join the celebration, follow AmeriCorps on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and join the conversation by sharing pictures and stories on Twitter, using #MadeinAmeriCorps and #AmeriCorpsWorks. Those interested in joining AmeriCorps can learn more at AmeriCorps.gov/join.
For more information about the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits, visit www.arizonanonprofits.org.
AmeriCorps is administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency that engages millions of Americans in service through its AmeriCorps and Senior Corps programs and leads the nation’s volunteering and service efforts. For more information, visit NationalService.gov.
About the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits: The Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits is a statewide trusted resource and advocate for the nonprofit community. The Alliance’s mission is to unite, strengthen and advance Arizona’s nonprofit sector and is comprised of more than 1,000 members – both nonprofits and those in the community who support them – across the state. Since 2004, the organization has been dedicated to furthering the common interests of Arizona’s nonprofit community and envisions an Arizona where all nonprofits are valued, empowered and thriving, with support from grassroots efforts like Arizona Gives Day. For more information, visit www.arizonanonprofits.org.