Amass for AmeriCorps Update – Field Update 2

November 26, 2010

This week, Nevada Volunteers so proudly shared a tremendous AmeriCorps member’s story with you. It is our goal to continue to showcase inspiring and successful AmeriCorps stories with you this holiday season so that you can see why we are so proud and thankful for each AmeriCorps member and each AmeriCorps program in Nevada.

Some of you might be wondering, what is AmeriCorps?
AmeriCorps is a national service program that provides Americans of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds with unique opportunities to offer intensive full and part-time service in their communities.

What do AmeriCorps members exactly do?
AmeriCorps members help grassroots organizations to meet education, environmental, public safety and other human needs. AmeriCorps members gain new skills and experiences — and find the satisfaction that comes from helping others.

In addition, full-time members (1700 hours) who complete their service earn a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award of $5,350 to pay for college, graduate school, or to pay back qualified student loans; members who serve part-time receive a partial award. Some AmeriCorps members may also receive a modest living allowance during their term of service.

Where would I find AmeriCorps programs and members in the State of Nevada?
AmeriCorps State and National, the largest of the AmeriCorps programs, provides funds to local and national organizations and agencies committed to using national service to address critical community needs. Each of these organizations and agencies, in turn, uses their AmeriCorps funding to recruit, place, and supervise AmeriCorps members.

Nevada’s 341 AmeriCorps members are currently serving for the 2010-2011 program year through the following sites:

Children’s Cabinet, Reno

Great Basin Institute, Reno

Luz Community Development Coalition, Las Vegas

Nevada Outdoor School, Winnemucca

Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation, Incline Village

United Way of Southern Nevada, Las Vegas

As you can see, these AmeriCorps programs are vital to our Nevada communities. We hope that these stories inspire you to share with your friends and families this holiday season about the great service going on in Nevada!

Click here to find out about what amazing services our programs provided in 2010!

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