Last week, communities across the nation celebrated civic engagement through AmeriCorps Week. AmeriCorps Week is a time to salute AmeriCorps members/alums for their service and to share the impact of AmeriCorps on communities and on the lives of those who serve. Since 1994, one million individuals have served as AmeriCorps members, working together to make a difference in communities all over America.
Throughout the week, AmeriCorps members current and past shared stories of their service and the impact it had on their lives. In a great post called “Saving Squirrels,” an AmeriCorps member shares her story and newfound beliefs: “Every person has a right to life’s basic needs and AmeriCorps helps to reach that goal. This incredible program provides jobs, job training, student debt relief, and continued civic engagement all while being affordable to organizations and communities who need it.”
— AmeriCorps (@AmeriCorps) February 18, 2017
At the beginning of their service, all AmeriCorps members take a pledge that sums up their values and commitment:
I will get things done for America - to make our people safer, smarter, and healthier.
I will bring Americans together to strengthen our communities.
Faced with apathy, I will take action.
Faced with conflict, I will seek common ground.
Faced with adversity, I will persevere.
I will carry this commitment with me this year and beyond.
I am an AmeriCorps member, and I will get things done.
Check out this great social media recap of AmeriCorps Week and see for yourself how #AmeriCorpsWorks.
Take inspiration from the service of AmeriCorps members and join a community of peacemakers to create a civic engagement project today!