AmeriCorps Week is a time to salute AmeriCorps members and alums for their service, thank AmeriCorps community partners, and communicate AmeriCorps impact on communities and on the lives of those who serve. Locally, The Service Collaborative of WNY is recognizing over 200 national service members during AmeriCorps Week 2016. Throughout the week AmeriCorps, VISTA and YouthBuild members will take part in recognition and service events celebrating their commitment to serving the Western New York Community.
The culmination of the celebration will take place on Friday, March 11, during a half day training on Community Building, featuring presenters from PUSH Buffalo and Open Buffalo. The training will take place at Matt Urban Hope Center (located at 1081 Broadway in Buffalo) and begins at 8:30AM. At 12:30 PM national service members in attendance will once again take the oath of national service, administered by the Executive Director of The Service Collaborative, Kate Sarata.
AmeriCorps Week is a wonderful way to give recognition to individuals who have chosen to dedicate a year of their lives to service in Western New York,” says Kate Sarata. “When their service is complete, they will go on to work in the community organizations they served with, go to school or choose to do another term of service. Their lives will be completely changed because of service.”
Nationally, AmeriCorps engages more than 75,000 members in intensive service annually. Members serve through nonprofit, faith-based, and community organizations at 25,000 locations across the country. These AmeriCorps members help communities tackle pressing problems and mobilize millions of volunteers for the organizations they serve.
Since 1994, more than 900,000 Americans have provided more than 1.2 billion hours of service, and earned more than $2.8 billion in education awards to pay for college. These members have tackled some of the most pressing challenges facing America: educating millions of students for jobs of the 21st century, supporting individuals, families, and neighborhoods on the road to economic recovery; supporting veterans and military families; helping communities rebuild after natural disasters; improving at-risk ecosystems; and providing healthy futures.