Today is World Environment Day, established in 1973 by the United Nations Environment Programme. This year’s theme is “Green Economy: Does it include you?”
As the Nevada governor’s Commission on Service, we can say loud and clear that “yes, it does include us.” As as matter of fact, it includes three out of six of the AmeriCorps*State programs in Nevada that have an environmental component to their programs.
Only halfway through the current grant year, AmeriCorps members have impacted Nevada’s green economy in the following ways:
Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation
cleaning, improving, and/or creating 9.62 miles of trail or rivers
collecting and recycling 206.08 tons of materials
Great Basin Institute
restoring and improving 1131.88 acres of public land and waterways
building and maintaining 51.71 miles of trails
educating 475 youth on environmental issues
Nevada Outdoor School
giving 361 lessons on environmental stewardship to 6646 students
After completing their term of service, each AmeriCorps member receive an educational award to use in a higher education capacity, like pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree. While in service, members receive a monthly stipend on average $1,000 per month, a small subsidy compared to the amount of impact they have on their communities. Continue reading →
On October 27, 2011, Nevada Volunteers and Governor Brian Sandoval honored outstanding volunteer efforts in Nevada. Click the text link to watch the video. Find out who was there and who were the recipients of the 2011 Governor’s Points of Light Awards in Nevada.
Every year, Nevada Volunteers, the state commission on national and community service, honors outstanding National Service volunteers in Nevada. These awards are given in observance of National AmeriCorps Week, which runs May 8th to 15th this year. All of these award winners are great examples of the promise of National Service programs. “We are very proud of them all,” said Shawn Lecker-Pomaville, CEO of Nevada Volunteers. “Their service makes Nevada a better place for all of us.” Nevada Volunteers is pleased to announce the following winners and share a little of their story:
1) 2010 AmeriCorps Member of the Year: Dannyn Smith , Nevada Conservation Corps, from Sparks, Nevada
2) 2010 AmeriCorps VISTA of the Year: Natalie Minev, Volunteer Center of Southern Nevada, from Las Vegas, Nevada
3) 2010 AmeriCorps Program Director of the Year: Michelle Redmond, United Way of Southern Nevada AmeriCorps Program, from Las Vegas, Nevada Continue reading →
When Nevada Volunteers formed a Student Group at the University of Nevada, Reno through their Higher Education Initiative, one of the projects the students decided to work on was a Volunteer Fair to promote volunteering in the community. See who was there, looking for students to help. To search online for future volunteer opportunities, check out nevadavolunteers.org. A big thanks for the music go to The Covering for their song “The Sun Will Come Again.”
I had meant to get there on Wednesday. I didn’t make it till Saturday. I missed all the action of volunteers stacking cans, building incredible CANstructions—a snake, a train, and the Empire State Building. I was sick in bed, and by the time I got there three days late, all I could photograph were the results. As incredible as they were, the results weren’t the story I was after.
I really wanted to see young people at work, volunteering to help the Food Bank of Northern Nevada by collecting cans of tuna, or corn, or beans, and then building something fantastic. I wanted to write about their excitement and energy. It didn’t work out. That happens. Still, I did find something to talk about—results.
Results are important, but results are my Achilles’ heel. I can get too focused on the goal, succeeding or failing, and lose touch with the value behind what I am doing. When it comes to volunteering, losing touch is a big sacrifice. I forsake the joy of giving and get all tense. Continue reading →
National Service members joined together in Las Vegas to make Martin Luther King Day a Day On, not a Day Off by marching in the MLK Day Parade and doing a service project for Habitat for Humanity. AmeriCorps members from LUZ Community Coalition participated and provided this PowerPoint. Thank you Luis Calderon for creating the slideshow and organizing these inspiring quotes from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
(To watch this video in full screen size, click the button beneath the video with 4 arrows. To return to your regular screen hit the escape (Esc) button on the keyboard.)