This week, thousands of Americans marked the seventh annual AmeriCorps Week, recognizing how AmeriCorps members are addressing our country’s most pressing challenges through service. Locally, Americorps member, Amanda Chavez, reaches thousands of children and adults each year with lifesaving Red Cross classes and preparedness information.
“Each day, Amanda works to build a stronger, healthier, and safer Quincy and is improving the lives of thousands of local citizens,” said Pam Shaffer, American Red Cross Executive Director. “The Americorps program is an indispensable resource to our community, and AmeriCorps Week is an opportunity to recognize its impact and express our gratitude for members like Amanda’s dedicated service.”
The AmeriCorps program is a federally-funded initiative, often referred to as a "domestic Peace Corps." It offers full and part-time opportunities for participants, called members, to provide service to society through community organizations. AmeriCorps members tutor and mentor youth, help returned veterans find employment, care for seniors, promote economic development, and meet other critical needs.
The local Red Cross Chapter has housed an Americorps member for the past 17 years. These individuals target low income and at risk youth in our community. Members teach youth classes including babysitting, train adults in first aid and CPR and reach countless businesses and organizations with preparedness and safety information.
For more information about the Americorps program, or to learn how you can be part, please visit www.americorps.gov.