AmeriCorps week is upon us and it’s a time to salute AmeriCorps members and alum for their service. Each year, more than 80,000 men and woman help tackle some of the nation’s most critical challenges in education, public safety, health and the environment through intensive community service.
I’m proud to be an AmeriCorps alum – one of the 900,000 who have dedicated a year (or more) of service since 1994. I’m even more proud now to be part of a United Way team that embraces the value of AmeriCorps and its impact on our work in education. From our AmeriCorps Pathways members who are tutoring high school students and helping them plan for college/careers, to our Together for Tomorrow VISTAs who are recruiting volunteers to serve as role models for students in all grade levels, our AmeriCorps team is “Getting Things Done.”
Here are just a few facts about HFUW’s AmeriCorps programs:
- Seventy AmeriCorps VISTAs and Pathways to Success members have provided more than 87,000 hours of service to Title I schools.
- AmeriCorps members have recruited more than 2,700 volunteers giving 22,000 hours of service.
- Nearly 17,000 students have been impacted by the work of our AmeriCorps members.
- AmeriCorps members have generated $270,000 in cash and in-kind contributions to support our schools.
This week, Heart of Florida United Way will be sharing a few stories from our AmeriCorps members currently in the field who are making a difference in our community. Follow along on Facebook or Twitter. You can also follow the hashtag #ServeFL to see the impact being made across the country.
This blog post was written by Heath Wells, Director of AmeriCorps Programs, and proud AmeriCorps alum.