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 DHS News October 2013     

 

Allegheny County Hosts AmeriCorps Launch

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 program director.

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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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