New AmeriCorps CEO Honors Dr. King with President Biden, Bernice King, Ph.D., and AmeriCorps Members

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Jan. 17, 2022

AmeriCorps CEO Michael D. Smith Serves with the President and First Lady at Philabundance in Philadelphia

President Joe Biden, First Lady Jill Biden, and AmeriCorps CEO Michael D. Smith served with Philabundance, AmeriCorps members, and community volunteers in Philadelphia on Sunday. The stop comes just ahead of Monday, Martin Luther King, Jr., Day, a national day of service.

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Ahead of MLK Day, President Biden issued a Presidential Proclamation encouraging all Americans to observe this day with appropriate civic, community, and service projects in honor of Dr. King.

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Michael Volunteers at Garfield Terrace Apartments with ServeDC and The Mission Continues

On Monday, Serve DC partnered with The Mission Continues and the Garfield Terrace Resident Council to update the roof top garden, install and activate an inside food growing space, and beautify the indoor facilities used by residents. AmeriCorps CEO Michael D. Smith volunteered with this project and served with OMB Director Shalanda Young (pictured top right) and the Secretary of Veterans Affairs Denis McDonough (pictured bottom left).

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Blavity Exclusive: Together We Serve, On MLK Day Of Service And Beyond | Opinion by Dr. Bernice King and Michael D. Smith

“The King Center and AmeriCorps, the federal agency for volunteerism and national service, remains committed to the belief that service can unite Americans from all walks of life to tackle our nation’s most pressing challenges. As leaders of these two organizations, we share a commitment to honoring Dr. King’s legacy of service. We urge you to pledge to volunteer and give back to your community through 2022.”

Read more in an op-ed authored by Bernice King, CEO of the King Center and Michael D. Smith, CEO of AmeriCorps.

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The Hill: A Guide to Volunteering on MLK Day of Service and Beyond | Opinion by Michael D. Smith

“[Dr. King] believed the only way to make the Beloved Community a reality, was to roll up our sleeves and work for it everyday. His example is our call to action.”

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Michael D. Smith discusses National Service and Volunteerism with CSPAN’s Washington Journal

AmeriCorps CEO Michael D. Smith joined the Washington Journal live Sunday morning to talk about the 2022 Martin Luther King Day of Service and the importance of national service and volunteerism.


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Fox5 DC: #TheFinal5: MLK Day of Service

Michael joined FOX5 DC this weekend to discuss how AmeriCorps is working across the country with thousands of organizations to promote volunteerism on MLK Day and every day. 

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AmeriCorps CEO Michael D. Smith: ‘Service can Take us from Charity to Justice’

“The MLK Day of Service has grown as more Americans embrace taking an active role in their neighborhoods to help improve their communities. I hope MLK Day will not just be a single day of service but an opportunity for Americans to begin building a lifetime of service by volunteering on a regular basis or committing to national service with AmeriCorps.

“Our goal is to spark a passion and create relationships between communities and individuals that extend past this day and support a new generation of civic-minded Americans, in the model of Dr. King.

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