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Every day, Ohioans are making extraordinary contributions to the communities where they live, work, and play. Learn more about the impact AmeriCorps members and volunteers have on the communities they serve, stay current on service and volunteerism trends, and be the first to know about upcoming funding opportunities, events, and special initiatives.

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The Horizon Education Centers hosts 12 AmeriCorps members that support Family Engagement, Education, and Volunteer Engagement/Management in Northeast Ohio, in Lorrain and Cuyahoga Counties. AmeriCorps members strive to increase parent and family engagement in kindergarten readiness, school linked and after school activities throughout the year.

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Fresh out of Ohio University with a degree in plant biology, I wasn't sure what I wanted to do between my undergraduate studies and graduate school. Hike the Appalachian Trail, yeah, that could be fun. A job with the U.S. Forest Service continuing my thesis research would be great experience and solid pay. But when I saw the flier for the Ohio Stream Restore Corps AmeriCorps program, I had to apply.

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A member serving with City Year Cleveland reflects on his second year of service and how mentoring and education go hand in hand.

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The AmeriCorps members of the DaytonCorps serve in their community in one of three areas:  Education, Opportunity and Neighborhood.  These members have dedicated 300 to 900 hours of service to make a difference and lead by example.  The Education Corps members have been instrumental in creating a Rock Your Homework program where students of all ages receive help with their educational goals. 

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Sam, an AmeriCorps Alum, recently shared the impact his AmeriCorps service had on his career trajectory. "Over the past 3 years AmeriCorps has provided me ample opportunities to get me out of my comfort zone and learn how to be a more effective teacher, friend, co-worker, and community member. AmeriCorps gave me the freedom to gain the experience and training that interested me the most. I remember my first year where I was in a staff meeting and we were asked to share our big hopes and dreams. When it was my turn, I said ‘I hope to one day be an Environmental Educator for the Audubon Society and take people birding for the rest of my life." Shortly after his service ended, Sam secured a position at the Audubon Society.

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