AmeriCorps Week


WHEREAS, AmeriCorps provides opportunities for more than 75,000 Americans interested in making an ongoing intensive commitment to service at nonprofits, schools, public agencies, and community and faith-based groups all across the country; and

WHEREAS, last year in Virginia, more than 6,400 AmeriCorps members of various ages and backgrounds helped to meet local needs at more than 930 locations in the Commonwealth by tutoring or mentoring disadvantaged children and youth, supporting veterans and military families, restoring the environment, and responding to disasters; and

WHEREAS, in exchange for their service, AmeriCorps members earn valuable work skills, money for higher education, and develop an appreciation for citizenship that strengthens the lives of their families, communities, and the Commonwealth as a whole; and

WHEREAS, since AmeriCorps was founded in 1994, more than 14,000 Virginia AmeriCorps members served more than 22 million hours and qualified for the Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards totaling more than $44,730,000; and

WHEREAS, AmeriCorps Week is an opportunity to recognize the dedication and commitment of AmeriCorps members, AmeriCorps alumni and their community partners, to reinforce social responsibility, compassion, and tolerance as critical values for building a better Commonwealth;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize March 9-13, 2015, as AMERICORPS WEEK in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.