FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 18, 2022
AmeriCorps Press Office
National service agency, partner programs and government officials recognize the millions of Americans who have served with AmeriCorps
WASHINGTON, D.C.— AmeriCorps, the federal agency for national service and volunteerism, celebrated AmeriCorps Week (March 13-19) to recognize the millions of Americans ages 18 to 75+ who have served with AmeriCorps and AmeriCorps Seniors. Right now, there are more than 250,000 people serving as members or volunteers in over 40,000 locations across all 50 states and territories.
Michael D. Smith, AmeriCorps CEO, began the celebrations at a FEMA Corps Graduation at the AmeriCorps NCCC Vicksburg campus and toured service projects in Mississippi and Louisiana. He visited program sites and announced a new food security initiative with Birmingham Mayor Randall L. Woodfin in Alabama. Smith delivered remarks at The Corps Network Climate Action Summit and participated in a service project with Mr. Doug Emhoff, Second Gentleman of the United States in Washington, D.C.
AmeriCorps senior leaders joined members and programs in Virginia, Maryland, Florida, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Colorado, Massachusetts and New York, among other locations. States and cities recognized the service in their own communities with official proclamations and tours of local programs. The National Service Congressional Caucus issued a bicameral resolution commending the invaluable contributions of AmeriCorps members and alumni.
AmeriCorps also announced the mobilization of 49 AmeriCorps NCCC teams to communities across the country, a new incentive grant with Encore.org to age-integrate national service and the launch of return-on-investment studies that measure the value of federal funding invested in its programs that measure the value of federal funding invested in its programs.
“AmeriCorps Week is about more than seven days of celebrations. AmeriCorps members and AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers address urgent issues like COVID-19 response, hunger and inequity and more year-round,” said Smith. “I am grateful for the outpouring of support from our partners at the city, state and national levels. It goes to show the invaluable impact of national service. Together, we are AmeriCorps”
On Day of the A, March 17, thousands of AmeriCorps members, alumni, staff and supporters showed off their AmeriCorps pride on social media. Participants donned AmeriCorps gear, created AmeriCorps-themed art projects and shared photos and videos to their personal and program accounts using #DayofTheA. A full photo gallery can be found on Flickr.
For a full review of AmeriCorps week activities across the nation, visit americorps.gov/americorpsweek.
Direct your audiences to americorps.gov/serve to learn how to apply to one of thousands of national service opportunities needing participants immediately.
AmeriCorps, the federal agency for volunteerism and national service, provides opportunities for Americans to serve their country domestically, address the nation’s most pressing challenges, improve lives and communities, and strengthen civic engagement. Each year, the agency invests more than $800 million in grants for local nonprofit, community, tribal, and state organizations; places more than 250,000 AmeriCorps members and AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers in intensive service roles; and empowers millions more to serve as long-term, short-term, or one-time volunteers. Learn more at americorps.gov.
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