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Getting Things Done For Ohio

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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 impacts of COVID-19 have rippled across the nation, state, and communities large and small. The direct services that Ohio’s AmeriCorps programming provides have had to adapt to the new “stay at home” guidelines to continue delivering educational, economic, and healthy future support throughout the state.

While schools were temporarily closed for an “extended spring break” and eventually ending in-person learning for the rest of the school year, and other agencies were rethinking their person to person contact services, AmeriCorps programs didn’t skip a beat.  Our 23 AmeriCorps Programs got to work preparing for the unimaginable–serving remotely.  While this isn’t the standard mode of program operation, AmeriCorps members sign up to serve and directly interact with people in their communities, the Program Directors, Managers, and members were eager to stay engaged.  As schools started implementing e-learning in their districts, AmeriCorps programs were also integrated within the platforms so members could continue to support educational activities.  Members continued to tutor, mentor, provide college access coaching sessions and more.  Members serving with community agencies moved their service to the virtual world and provided program support online and over the phone. In response to these community-wide crises, members also started collecting resources around the community to provide lists of agencies that were continuing to provide food access, health services and job & housing services during the health crisis.  Members also went above and beyond their initial call of service to help food banks and agencies that coordinate food delivery to the most vulnerable individuals.  They volunteered to package food, deliver food boxes, assist with school lunch distributions and more, all while remaining safe with masks, appropriate distancing, and cleaning procedures.

Even during a global pandemic, AmeriCorps members are getting things done and making a difference in the lives of the most vulnerable in their communities. 



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