RENO — Everyday AmeriCorps members are serving across the state of Nevada to make our communities safer, stronger and healthier. Join Gov. Brian Sandoval as he proclaims AmeriCorps week, March 10 through 18, as an opportune time for all Nevadans to salute AmeriCorps members and alums for their service getting the vital work done in communities across Nevada.
“I decided to join AmeriCorps to give back to my community. It gives me not only the chance to help people and change lives, but shows that anyone can accomplish the dreams they want with a little motivation and commitment. AmeriCorps has definitely been that motivation for me, giving me the opportunity to make a difference in my life” said Aquelio Vinson, a first term Luz AmeriCorps member serving at After School All Starts Las Vegas.
Hear directly from current and past AmeriCorps members why they decided to become an AmeriCorps member and the impact they feel they are making by visiting Nevada Volunteers website blog or Facebook page during AmeriCorps week.
Nevada Volunteers Website: www.nevadavolunteers.org
Nevada Volunteers blog: http://nevadavolunteers.wordpress.com/
Nevada Volunteers Face book page: https://www.facebook.com/NevadaVolunteers
“It is inspiring to listen to AmeriCorps members talk about what they do each day to improve our state. Their passion for service is contagious and reminds me how much Nevada, as a state, gains from each member’s national service,” said Shawn Lecker-Pomaville, CEO of Nevada Volunteers.
This year 308 AmeriCorps state members are serving at more than 64 non-profit agencies across Nevada. These members address critical unmet needs while earning a minimum living allowance and an educational award. Forty two AmeriCorps VISTA members are helping build the capacity of Nevada’s non-profit organizations daily. AmeriCorps members serve doing a myriad of activities such as cleaning and improving national, state and local parks, teaching financial and budget classes, helping students learn to read, teaching emergency preparedness classes, and many other critical services. The 2011-12 Nevada Volunteers AmeriCorps grantees include Children’s Cabinet, Great Basin Institute Nevada Conversation Corps, Luz Community Development Coalition, Nevada Outdoor School, Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation and United Way of Southern Nevada.
Nevada Volunteers, formerly known as Nevada Commission for National and Community Service, creates opportunities for individuals, organizations and businesses across Nevada to engage in volunteering and shape a culture of service and citizenship. Nevada Volunteers is the governor’s commission that administers AmeriCorps programs statewide, sponsors the annual Points of Light Awards and promotes volunteerism. Since 1998, more than 2,232 AmeriCorps members have served through Nevada Volunteers, providing 1,696,800 hours of service to northern, southern and rural communities. Those members were awarded approximately $4.4 million in higher education awards, recruited 38,147 additional volunteers who donated 295,504 hours of volunteer service valued at $5,888,680.