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AmeriCorps supports rural communities
by Tribune Staff
Mar 11, 2012 | 834 views | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Nevada Outdoor School AmeriCorps members get ready to canvas households in Winnemucca to promote fire safety for the Red Cross on Martin Luther King. Jr. Day on Jan. 16.
Nevada Outdoor School AmeriCorps members get ready to canvas households in Winnemucca to promote fire safety for the Red Cross on Martin Luther King. Jr. Day on Jan. 16.
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RENO — AmeriCorps members at the Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation and the Winnemucca Nevada Outdoor School positively impact education, public safety, health and the environment in rural Nevada. Recognizing AmeriCorps members’ impact in Nevada, Gov. Brian Sandoval has joined the nationwide celebration of AmeriCorps Week, March 10 through 18, by declaring AmeriCorps week in Nevada and saluting AmeriCorps members across the state.

“AmeriCorps members provide vital services to rural Nevadans to address needs that might otherwise go unmet,” said Shawn Lecker-Pomaville, CEO of Nevada Volunteers. “These programs operate in partnership with non-profits and government entities such as school districts, county governments and federal land management agencies. We are so proud of the service our AmeriCorps members give to help rural Nevadans improve the quality of life in their communities.”

AmeriCorps members’ work supports independence across the lifespan in rural Nevada. Over the last two years, the Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation partnered with the Red Cross to provide 1,510 residents preparedness information. The organization also collected 28,351 pounds of food and distributed it to 8,104 individuals and provided transportation to 551 individuals allowing them to live independently.

The Nevada Outdoor School taught 52 Red Cross classes to 2,299 participants, taught natural science courses to 12,426 students in Humboldt County and served 3,205 seniors congregate meals and delivered 2,944 meals to homebound individuals.

Learn about how Nevada Volunteers supports volunteer and service programs, including AmeriCorps State programs and volunteer recognition events such as the Governor’s Points of Light, in the Nevada Volunteers Biennial Report 2010-2011.
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