DHS News October 2013
Allegheny County Hosts
The Department of Human Service’s KEYS Service Corps staff
played a significant role this year in launching AmeriCorps members into
service in Pennsylvania.
KEYS, an AmeriCorps program whose members serve in Allegheny
County, hosted one of three corps launch events held statewide on Sept. 27.
Steve Hussar, KEYS training coordinator, helped to organize and oversee the
ceremony, the first ever hosted by Allegheny County. About 250 members pledged
their commitment to public service at the event. Programs in which they are now
participating cover a broad range of public spheres, from public health to
education, in western and central Pennsylvania.
Steve headed a panel that spent two months organizing the
launch, held at the Teamsters Temple in Lawrenceville and attended by national
and local dignitaries. Those included keynote speaker Mary Strasser, national
Director of AmeriCorps VISTA; Janet Anderson, Deputy Secretary for Administration at the Pennsylvania Department of
Labor and Industry, who administered the AmeriCorps oath; Allegheny County
Executive Rich Fitzgerald; DHS Director Marc Cherna; and Helen Wachter, KEYS
From Left to Right: Janet Anderson, Deputy Secretary for
Administration at the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry; Helen Wachter,
KEYS program director; Mary Strasser, national Director of AmeriCorps VISTA;
Steve Hussar, KEYS training coordinator; Dannai Harriel, program manager of
AmeriCorps/Pittsburgh Health Corps; and AmeriCorps alums Melanie Pfeiffenberger
who served with VISTA and Beci Russell, who served with Literacy*AmeriCorps.
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