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Celebrating AmeriCorps

Each year, over 80,000 people make a difference in their communities by serving in an AmeriCorps program. To celebrate their hard work, the Corporation for National and Community Service declared March 10 through 18 National AmeriCorps Week.

Local AmeriCorps groups, including the KEYS Service Corps - an AmeriCorps program run out of the DHS Office of Community Services (OCS) that serves local at-risk youth - got into the spirit of National AmeriCorps Week by participating in several service, outreach and team building events.

The first event on Saturday, March 10, was a Service Crawl organized in conjunction with Pittsburgh Cares, the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership and Dress for Success. Sixty volunteers from seven AmeriCorps programs performed community service projects at six downtown sites. Volunteers were divided into teams, and each team rotated between service sites to provide waste cleanup, landscaping, and graffiti and blight removal for local organizations.

On Friday, March 16, KEYS members provided an “Ultimate Spring Cleaning” for the Carnegie Library of Homestead. The volunteers cleaned and painted the library interior, and weeded and mulched the outdoor areas.

That night, members and alums from various Pittsburgh AmeriCorps programs participated in “AmeriCorps’s Got Talent.” Fifteen groups and individuals showed off their talents, ranging from playing instruments to singing to hula hooping, in an audience of their peers. Not only was the event a great opportunity to learn about fellow AmeriCorps members’ hidden talents, but it was also a way for members to network with program alums.

The fun continued on Saturday, March 17, when staff and AmeriCorps members marched in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade to promote AmeriCorps and celebrate the important role that AmeriCorps members play in Pittsburgh.

The KEYS Service Program has more to celebrate in the next month as they further the objectives of AmeriCorps Week with additional service projects and team building activities on April 13 and 14. Look for more information about these service events in the April 2012 edition of DHS News. 

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