LFHC SUNSET PARK HEALTHCORPS CELEBRATE AMERICORPS WEEK
Friday, May 07, 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
AMERICORPS ALUMS LEAD CELEBRATION OF NATIONAL SERVICE
Events and service projects nationwide highlight success of AmeriCorps programs
May 7, 2010, Washington, DC and Brooklyn, NY...AmeriCorps alumni across the country – and in Brooklyn – are leading the nationwide celebration of AmeriCorps Week, May 8-15, spotlighting the vital work done by AmeriCorps members in communities since the national service program began 16 years ago. Alumni of AmeriCorps are planning events, projects and gatherings to highlight and celebrate the effect that national service has had on their life and the communities in which they live and work.
Sunset Park HealthCorps Events: In Brooklyn, AmeriCorps members and alumni from the Lutheran Family Health Centers' Sunset Park HealthCorps will host a blood drive on May 14 (10 a.m. - 2 p.m.) at Lutheran's Family Support Center (6025 6th Ave.) The group will also be collecting gently used children's books to benefit Reach Out and Read. Book drop boxes will be located throughout Lutheran sites including Health Plus. For more information please contact Heidi Sabers at 718-630-7164.
To mark AmeriCorps Week, over 200 events in all 50 states are scheduled, including an AmeriCorps Rally at City Hall in Philadelphia, an all AmeriCorps Community Clean-Up in Washington, DC, an AmeriCorps Flash Mob in Austin, TX, Community Outreach events in Portland, Maine, and a Humboldt Park Gardening Project in Chicago. Plus there are over 15 AmeriCorps Nights planned at baseball stadiums including the Texas Rangers, Pittsburgh Pirates, Arizona Diamondbacks and Washington Nationals. These events will allow community residents to easily learn and ask questions about AmeriCorps and national service. To search for events in your area go to: www.americorpsweekevents.org.
AmeriCorps alums typically remain actively engaged in their communities once their service is complete. They not only can be counted on as volunteers, but they also run nonprofits, marshal resources within their communities to address difficult issues and frequently pursue public service careers.
AmeriCorps Alums creates a force for change in America's communities by empowering national service alumni with the tools and resources they need for a lifetime of civic leadership. Providing everything from service engagements and organizing tools to networking opportunities and national recognition, AmeriCorps Alums serves civic leaders so they can serve America. AmeriCorps Alums has more than 100 chapters working to strengthen communities and create change at the local level. For more information visit www.americorpsalums.org. AmeriCorps Alums is a Points of Light Institute Civic Incubator Project.
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