MY AMERICORPS STORY MAY 14-21, 2011
What Is AmeriCorps Week?
AmeriCorps Week is an opportunity for AmeriCorps members, alums, grantees, program partners and friends to demonstrate AmeriCorps' impact on critical issues, bring more Americans into service, and thank the community partners who make AmeriCorps possible. AmeriCorps Week shines a spotlight on AmeriCorps' impact in communities across the country in order to motivate more Americans to join AmeriCorps or volunteer in their communities. There has never been a better time to share the AmeriCorps story.
May 16th: 9:30 - 11:00 AM Henderson 112, Washburn University (1700 Washburn Avenue)
AmeriCorps Roundtable Event in Topeka, Kansas AmeriCorps members & alumni from Northeast Kansas will share the stage, reflecting upon the value of their AmeriCorps service to local communities. Elected officials and community members are encouraged to attend, ask questions, and join the conversation! AmeriCorps' relevance to key community issues such as poverty, environmental stewardship and education will be discussed. Information will also be provided on how to join AmeriCorps and connect with fellow AmeriCorps Alums. Refreshments will be provided.
More information: To RSVP to this event, please contact Brittany Stiffler Crabtree at email@example.com or 785-234-2095. Print a map of the Washburn University campus here: http://www.washburn.edu/main/visitors/maps/campus-m ap.pdf This event is open to the media.
What is AmeriCorps? Every day across the nation AmeriCorps members are making a powerful impact on the most critical issues facing our nation. AmeriCorps provides opportunities for more than 80,000 Americans to give back in an intensive way to their communities and country each year. It consists of three main programs: AmeriCorps State and National, whose members serve with national and local nonprofit and community groups; AmeriCorps VISTA, through which members serve full time fighting poverty; and AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps), a team-based residential program for young adults 18-24.
Where are AmeriCorps Members serving in Kansas? AmeriCorps members are serving across the state! A few projects include: Kansas Department of Wildlife & Parks in Greensburg; Catholic Charities of Wichita in Wichita; the Saline County Commission on Aging in Salina; Cross-lines Community Outreach, Inc. in Kansas City; Kansas Campus Compact in Hays; Student Conservation Association, Inc. in Fort Scott; and Washburn University in Topeka.
What Benefits Do AmeriCorps Members Receive? Benefits vary by program. A few of the benefits available include: the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award or post-service stipend, a modest living allowance, healthcare benefits, childcare assistance (VISTA only), student loan forbearance or deferment while in service, one year of noncompetitive status for a federal government job (VISTA only), and access to an expansive network of AmeriCorps alumni!
Would you like more information? Start here: http://www.Americorps.gov/ Additional contact information: Corporation for National & Community Service, Kansas Office Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.nationalservice.gov/ 2345 Grand Boulevard, Suite 650 Kansas City, MO 64108 Kansas Volunteer Commission Email: email@example.com Website: http://www.kanserve.org/ 120 SE 10th Ave. Topeka, KS 66612