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Rebeccah Verhoff-Kiss, Outreach & Education Officer, ServeOhio

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Celebrating 25 Years of AmeriCorps

On October 8th, 900 AmeriCorps members, alumni, program staff, and community leaders came together to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the AmeriCorps program. Members from across the state of Ohio came to Columbus to celebrate and be celebrated. Check out all the pictures here.

AmeriCorps has always received bipartisan support from elected officials and that was certainly the case at the 25th anniversary event. Elected officials from both sides of the aisle came to support the 2019-20 class of AmeriCorps members. Noted elected officials included Lt. Governor Jon Husted, US Senator Sherrod Brown, US Congressman Steve Stivers, State Senator Hearcel Craig, and Columbus City Councilmember Elizabeth Brown. Additionally, we were joined by Barbara Stewart, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service and Andrew Hanauer of the One America Movement who provided the keynote address. Finally, we featured a panel of AmeriCorps Alumni who gave advice to the incoming class of AmeriCorps members.

It was an inspirational day and we were honored to celebrate AmeriCorps Alumni and the newest class of AmeriCorps members.

Here are a few reflections of the day from AmeriCorps Program Staff:

900+ dedicated AmeriCorps members, serving in Ohio, gathered in one room to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of AmeriCorps on 10/8/19. During this event, each individual member could see that they belong to an AmeriCorps family that extends far beyond their site and program. A common theme emerged among the advice given by AmeriCorps Alumni speaking at the event; the positive impact members make on the community will be reflected back onto them in the positive impact this service year will have on their own skills, goals and path after service. It was great to see elected officials, community leaders, and Alumni thank the current AmeriCorps members for their service and validate how important they are to making the world a better place!

  • Amanda McGoldrick, Zoo Unto Others AmeriCorps Program

It was exciting to enter in the bustling pre-program reception and see so many people energized to connect and share their service experience. The representation from CNCS, ServeOhio, local government, AmeriCorps alumni, and current members was impressive. It was obvious that many, many people care about service and care about AmeriCorps. So many people have contributed to so much good in Ohio. It was motivating to be in a room with individuals living to make an impact.

  • Lainie Kast, Mercy Serves AmeriCorps Program

First and foremost the 25th AmeriCorps Anniversary was a great experience. I enjoyed watching the YMCA Community Corps members interact with other Corps Programs around the State of Ohio. The message I feel myself and the Corps members took from the event was centered around the Spirit of Unity. When one links together with others it brings a stronger connection to reaching common goals. The power of impact was another message we took from the event. When serving from the heart leads to great change not only in ourselves put in the ones we serve. It was also awesome to find out that Senator Hearcel Craig was part of the Corps years past. Great inspiration as well as his energy towards the Corps work.

  • Greyland Williams, Columbus City Corps AmeriCorps Program

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