The Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits is joining with organizations, individuals and communities nationwide during AmeriCorps Week, March 13-19, to celebrate the valuable contributions of AmeriCorps members and AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers who pledged to “get things done” for our nation.
The celebration also honors the contributions and support of thousands of local organizations that make AmeriCorps programs possible. In Arizona, approximately 6,800 members serve each year.
“We are proud to be part of AmeriCorps and grateful for the AmeriCorps members and volunteers who are getting things done for Arizona,” said Alliance CEO Kristen Merrifield. “AmeriCorps members have made a significant impact on Arizona’s ability to meet so many local needs.
AmeriCorps engages 250,000 Americans each year in sustained, results-driven service through AmeriCorps and AmeriCorps Seniors programs. These dedicated citizens help communities manage COVID-19 response, ensure students stay on track to graduate, combat hunger and homelessness, respond to natural disasters, fight the opioid epidemic, help seniors live independently, support veterans and military families, and much more.
More than 1.2 million Americans have served their country through AmeriCorps and millions more have served in AmeriCorps Seniors since 1994.
Arizona communities and organizations with AmeriCorps members are: Seeds of Hope, Casa Grande; Camp Verde Community Library, Camp Verde; Verde Valley Habitat for Humanity, Cottonwood; Green Valley Sahuarita Chamber of Commerce, Green Valley; Jerry Ambrose Veterans Council of Mohave County, Kingman; Cosanti Foundation, Mayer; Arizona Caregiver Coalition, Phoenix; Our Neighbor’s Farm and Pantry, Safford; Navajo County ARIZONA@WORK, Show Low; Cochise County Superintendent Office and Echoing Hope Ranch, Sierra Vista/Hereford; City of Willcox and Willcox Theater, Willcox.
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 bridge divides, solve problems, and open doors to career and educational advancement.
As an agency, AmeriCorps has created initiatives to support AmeriCorps alumni, building on this research. Through Schools of National Service, AmeriCorps seeks to improve college access and affordability for those who’ve successfully completed a term of service. The Employers of National Service, effort builds a roster of public, private, and nonprofit sector employers committed to hiring AmeriCorps alumni, as research shows national service alumni gain skills and experiences that employers find valuable.
To join the celebration, follow @AmeriCorps on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.To join the conversation, share pictures and stories on Twitter, using #AmeriCorpsWeek. Learn more about AmeriCorps opportunities at AmeriCorps.gov/join.
About AmeriCorps: 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 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.
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, or email email@example.com
Contacts: • Robin Hanson, Program Director, AmeriCorps VISTA, Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits, 602-680-7667;Robinh@arizonanonprofits.org; • Angelica Hernandez Williams, Rural Development Manager, Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits, 520-689-4273, firstname.lastname@example.org; • Steve Carr, The Kur Carr Group, Inc., 602-317-3040, email@example.com; • Kate Crowley, Crowley Communications, 480- 277-4178