Labor and Economic Opportunity
To kick-off a new year of AmeriCorps service, more than 600 Michigan's AmeriCorps members came together virtually on November 19 to participate in the 2020 Member Celebration. These members are dedicating a year of their lives to providing intensive, results-driven service in communities across Michigan and came together to celebrate their courage and commitment.
AmeriCorps is a nation-wide, competitive grant program through which organizations can apply to host teams of individuals, called members, to provide service in nonprofits, public agencies, faith-based, and other community organizations. In the 2020-21 program year, more than 1,000 AmeriCorps members in Michigan will serve in a variety of capacities, including providing financial literacy training, helping homeless individuals and families find permanent housing, organizing literacy and tutoring programs for underperforming youth, mentoring and supporting youth from disadvantaged circumstances, preserving our environment, building houses, feeding the hungry, recruiting volunteers, and more. In return for providing a year service, members receive a modest living stipend and an education award to be used towards college, vocational training programs, or student loans. The Michigan Community Service Commission (MCSC) is the administering organization for Michigan's AmeriCorps programs, which it does with funds provided by the Corporation from National and Community Service (CNCS).
The Member Celebration helps members gain a new perspective on the impact their AmeriCorps service has throughout the state. During the event, members participated in valuable training, networking, and teambuilding opportunities and enhanced their professional development through workshops on leadership, volunteer recruitment, conflict resolution, and other topics relevant to national and community service. Additionally, members heard from various keynote speakers, including Tray Deadwyler (known affectionately as 'the service nerd'), who is the founder and Executive Director of the capacity building nonprofit Think for Good. The Celebration concluded with the AmeriCorps Pledge and a swearing-in ceremony that will reaffirm members' commitment to AmeriCorps and national service.
For information about the Michigan's AmeriCorps Member Celebration, please contact Kasie Bennett at firstname.lastname@example.org or 517-335-4295. For more information about AmeriCorps, visit www.americorps.gov.