AmeriCorps members meet community needs during weeklong event

A mass rescue exercise in Bar Harbor.
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A mass rescue exercise in Bar Harbor.
Posted June 28, 2011, at 2:16 p.m.
For his AmeriCorps Week project, James Westhafer worked with middle school students from Islesboro Central School at a local cemetery mapping the unmarked graves.
Photo courtesy of James Westhafer
For his AmeriCorps Week project, James Westhafer worked with middle school students from Islesboro Central School at a local cemetery mapping the unmarked graves.
For his AmeriCorps Week project, James Westhafer worked with middle school students from Islesboro Central School at a local cemetery mapping the unmarked graves.
Photo courtesy of James Westhafer
For his AmeriCorps Week project, James Westhafer worked with middle school students from Islesboro Central School at a local cemetery mapping the unmarked graves.

During AmeriCorps Week, which was May 14-21, 366 community volunteers and AmeriCorps Members volunteered 1,750 hours to service projects that met many community needs.

For example, Community Resource Corps AmeriCorps members raised more than $6,000 for the Millinocket Boosters Club, and prepared 89 meals for home-bound seniors in the St. John Valley, reported Rochelle Runge of The Maine Commission for Community Service.

AmeriCorps volunteers also removed more than five truckloads of debris from Chebeague, Great Cranberry and Swan’s islands.

Maine Conservation Corps AmeriCorps Members planted more than 3,000 native shrubs to create habitat for the endangered New England Cottontail, and cleared a stream for alewife passage.

VolunteerMaine AmeriCorps VISTA Members deployed a Volunteer Reception Center as part

of a Mass Rescue Exercise, which allowed emergency responders to train and evaluate their

procedures for management of a mass rescue incident.

AmeriCorps Teen Leadership Career Corps held workshops and a resource fair where 270

students were introduced to education and career options.

AmeriCorps provides opportunities for more than 80,000 Americans to give back in an intensive way to their communities and country each year.

It consists of three main programs: AmeriCorps State and National, whose members serve with more than 1,840 national and local nonprofit and community groups; AmeriCorps VISTA, through which members serve full time fighting poverty; and AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps, a team-based residential program for young adults 18-24 who carry out projects in public safety, the environment, youth development and disaster relief and preparedness.

The Maine Commission for Community Service builds capacity and sustainability in Maine’s

volunteer and service communities by funding programs, developing managers of volunteers and service-learning practitioners, raising awareness of sector issues, and promoting service as a strategy.

To learn more about the Maine Commission for Community Service, visit maineservicecommission.gov.

 

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