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Quad Cities Area Celebrates AmeriCorps Week March 9-17!


What is AmeriCorps Week and How Does the AmeriCorps Program Work?

AmeriCorps Week, observed March 9-17, is a nationwide recruitment and recognition event designed to bring more Americans into service, salute AmeriCorps members and alums for their powerful impact, and thank the community partners who make AmeriCorps possible.

AmeriCorps is a national organization that partners with thousands of nonprofits, public agencies, and faith-based organizations across the country to help meet critical needs in education, the environment, public safety, homeland security, and other human needs. AmeriCorps members do a wide range of things: they recruit, train, and supervise community volunteers; tutor and mentor youth; build affordable housing; teach computer skills; clean parks and streams; run after-school programs; help communities respond to disasters; and build the capacity of nonprofit groups.

The AmeriCorps program helps the Red Cross achieve its mission by paying special attention to the neighborhoods and communities that need services the most, yet are least likely to be able to afford them.

The AmeriCorps program is dedicated to bringing Red Cross safety and health programs to underserved neighborhoods, schools, and communities. Red Cross health and safety programs include CPR, first aid, community disaster education, youth programs, and more.

How Can You Become an AmeriCorps?

If you are looking for an opportunity to try something new and feel good about what you do every day, considering becoming a part of the AmeriCorps program. AmeriCorps members commit to a year of service and receive a living allowance, benefits, and an education reward. For further information about responsibilities, requirements, and benefits of the position, contact Eileen Ryan, Regional Director of Volunteers at (309) 743-2166 or visit www.redcross.org/quadcities.

About the American Red Cross: The American Red Cross, a United Way agency, shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.