For Immediate Release
Reno/Las Vegas | April 21, 2014 — The 2014 edition of Transforming Communities through Service: A Collection of the Most Innovative AmeriCorps State and Volunteer Generation Fund Programs in the United States features the Nevada AmeriCorps*State program at Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation amongst 32 case studies throughout 21 states. The 2014 edition commemorates the 20th Anniversary of AmeriCorps and state service commissions, the statewide governor-appointed agencies leading the nation’s service movement and AmeriCorps*State programming.
Programs featured in the publication are addressing a range of issues from early childhood literacy to public safety. In addition to highlighting the program’s primary focus area, the publication recognizes those programs having a significant impact in the focus areas of rural communities, veterans and military families, and disaster services.
“National and community service programs are providing opportunities for citizens to play an active role in addressing community needs,” stated Susan Stroud, executive director of Innovations in Civic Participation. “We hope everyone who reads these profiles will be inspired by the tales of ordinary citizens transforming their communities through service.”
Nevada AmeriCorps*State program at Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation focuses meeting the needs of the Lake Tahoe community through many avenues, including much-needed services to under-served areas to help Nevadans improve their health through assistance, prevention, and intervention; creating and implementing programs that give children and youth the opportunity to learn and achieve; increasing water efficiency and supporting positive environmental behavioral changes, specifically for the Lake Tahoe community. Along with providing valuable services to the Lake Tahoe community, it is Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation’s innovative approach to building strong partnerships with host sites and the community for which the program stands out amongst the nation.
“We are very honored that our AmeriCorps Program has been recognized as an innovative program in this publication. We’re thankful to have such an enthusiastic AmeriCorps Team serving our community as well as such a supportive state commission, Nevada Volunteers. They make our success possible,” shared Claudia Anderson, CEO of Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation.
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About Nevada Volunteers
Nevada Volunteers, the Governor’s Commission on Service, shapes a culture of service and citizenship by bringing interested people together with important causes through volunteering and national service. Nevada Volunteers provides training to strengthen volunteer programs and track volunteer impact, provides easy access to volunteer opportunities through our website (nevadavolunteers.org ) and sponsors recognition programs for outstanding volunteers. Nevada Volunteers administers the Nevada AmeriCorps*State funding.
About America’s Service Commissions
America’s Service Commissions is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization representing and promoting the 53 governor-appointed state service commissions across the United States and territories with the mission to advance national service, volunteerism, and the network of state service commissions. State service commissions are governor-appointed public agencies or nonprofit organizations made up of more than 1,110 commissioners – private citizens leading the nation’s service movement and operating the granting of federal national service funds at the state and local level. Learn more: www.statecommissions.org.
About Innovations in Civic Participation
Innovations in Civic Participation (ICP) is a non-profit organization supporting the development of innovative high-quality youth civic engagement policies and programs both in the US and around the world. ICP is a leader in the global movement to promote sustainable development and social change through youth civic engagement. We embrace a positive view of young people that recognizes their potential to create beneficial and lasting social change in their communities through active participation in service opportunities. Learn more: www.icicp.org.