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Friday, March 15, 2013

AmeriCorps Week

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to spend a 40 hour week serving your community and earning less than minimum wage for your efforts?  That is exactly what thousands of AmeriCorps members do each year all over the country.  Next week, we honor those members for their dedication and hard work during AmeriCorps Week, March 9-17.

 800,000 people have served with AmeriCorps since it began in 1994.  These people have provided one billion hours of service in communities all over the United States, serving with 15,000 non-profit, faith-based, and community organizations.

AmeriCorps Member Brenna Archibald Inspires Local Students
In Nevada, there are over 300 AmeriCorps members serving with AmeriCorps funded programs.  Most of the programs receive funding from Nevada Volunteers, the Governor’s Commission on Service and Volunteerism for the state of Nevada, who receive a federal grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service.  Nevada Outdoor School (NOS) is one of the programs funded by Nevada Volunteers.  The NOS AmeriCorps program serves rural northern Nevada so AmeriCorps members are spread from Gerlach to Wells, but most members serve in Winnemucca. Currently, there are eleven members serving in nine different non-profit, faith-based, or community organizations. 

You may recognize AmeriCorps members by the shirts they wear bearing the AmeriCorps logo.  They have put in more than 6,000 hours of service in the communities of Winnemucca, Battle Mountain, Wells and Gerlach since September, 2012.  Current members are: Brenna Archibald, serving at both Nevada Outdoor School and Friends of Nevada Wilderness, Tanya Baxter, serving at the Winnemucca Community Garden, Ashley Hanson, serving at the Wells Family Resource Center, Julie Hepp and Steve Thompson, serving at NOS, Julie Holland, serving with Lander County School District, Barbara Ludington, serving at the Pleasant Senior Center, Joe McDonald and Terra Webber, both serving at Humboldt Volunteer Hospice, Michael Myers, serving at Friends of Black Rock High Rock, and Brian Nelson, serving with Winnemucca Ministerial Association at the Soup Kitchen and Food Bank.  If you see any of these members serving around the community, take a moment to thank them for their continuing dedication and hard work.
By Cathy Yates

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