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Gov. Inslee proclaims March 10-16, 2024 AmeriCorps Week

OLYMPIA--Gov. Jay Inslee has proclaimed March 10-16 as AmeriCorps Week in the state of Washington.  governor's proclamation AmeriCorps Week 2024

AmeriCorps Week recognizes the valuable contributions of AmeriCorps members and AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers who pledged to “get things done” for our nation as part of the annual celebration.

During the 2023-2024 service year, AmeriCorps will place 1,502 AmeriCorps members at service sites across the state spread among 24 organizations that help address critical needs in communities. These include higher education institutions, tribal organizations, non-profit and community-based organizations and government agencies.

Since AmeriCorps was founded in 1994, more than 45,000 AmeriCorps members in Washington have logged more than 71 million service hours.

The 2023-2024 service year also marks the 30th anniversary of AmeriCorps and Serve Washington, the Commission for National and Community Service.

Serve Washington will be highlighting stories of AmeriCorps members’ service experience throughout AmeriCorps Week on its volunteer story blog and social media. AmeriCorps alums are also invited to submit photo of themselves along with a summary of a favorite memory from their service year by email. They can also upload a 30-second video here.

Read the full governor’s proclamation:

WHERE AS, service to others is a hallmark of the American character, and throughout history, people have stepped up to meet challenges by volunteering in their communities; and  

WHREAS, AmeriCorps provides opportunities for people to serve their country at nonprofits, schools, public agencies, and community and faith-based groups all across the country; and 

WHREAS, according to the AmeriCorps National Service in Washington 2022 Year in Review, 5,393 people of various ages and backgrounds served in AmeriCorps and AmeriCorps Seniors volunteer programs in the state of Washington; and 

WHREAS, according to the AmeriCorps National Service in Washington 2022 Year in Review, since AmeriCorps was founded in 1994, more than 46,000 AmeriCorps members in Washington have served more than 72 million hours, qualifying for the Segal AmeriCorps Education award and totaling more than $1801.6 million; and 

WHREAS, AmeriCorps members perform a variety of services such as tutoring or mentoring children and youth, supporting veterans and military families, combatting the opioid epidemic, restoring the environment, and responding to disasters; and  

WHREAS, AmeriCorps encourages collaboration and partnerships and garners the support of business partners to increase the effectiveness of its initiatives; and  

WHERE AS, AmeriCorps enriches the lives of its members and instills in them the value of civic engagement that impacts their communities long after their service terms are completed; and  

WHEREAS, AmeriCorps members develop valuable work skills, earn money to continue their education, and strengthen the lives of families, communities, and Washington as a whole; and  

WHERE AS, AmeriCorps Week is an opportunity to recognize the dedication and commitment of more than one million Americans who have chosen to serve their country and community through AmeriCorps since its inception;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Jay Inslee, Governor of the state of Washington, do hereby proclaim March 10-16, 2024, as  

AmeriCorps Week 

in Washington, and I encourage all people in our state to join me in this special observance.