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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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AmeriCorps members often solidify existing interests and work toward future career goals during their service experience. This was the case for 24-year-old Tucker Hlad. Currently performing his service through online video and chat features due to COVID-19 restrictions, Tucker shares about his experience with Mentors for Success in Columbus and how it has shaped him personally and professionally.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has had a drastic impact on service and the communities in which AmeriCorps members serve. Many members have shifted their efforts to comply with the stay-at-home restrictions, including Barbara Hamilton-Mbambara. Currently serving in Parma Heights, Barbara shares about her experience as an elementary school tutor and how she has adapted her service to follow current health and safety guidelines.

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AmeriCorps impacts members’ lives in more ways than they plan. For alumna, Mackenzie Bower, AmeriCorps instilled in her a passion for service that will carry with her far beyond her completion of the program. Learn more about Mackenzie’s service experience and what she’s up to now.

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AmeriCorps members often learn new passions or solidify existing interests during their service experience. This was definitely the case for 25-year-old Ryan Van Curen. Currently in his second AmeriCorps service year, Ryan shares about his experiences with City Year in Columbus and how it has shaped him personally and professionally.

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Justice Talking is a reading and discussion program for AmeriCorps members featuring facilitated discussions that use short philosophical and literary texts, images, and videos on the nature of justice, service and related themes. In partnership with Ohio Humanities, ServeOhio trains AmeriCorps members to facilitate Justice Talking with their fellow Corps members, where they become more familiar with the art of humanities-based discussion and have a better understanding of the importance of civic reflection. Sierra Faris is a Justice Talking facilitator with the COMCorps AmeriCorps program in Athens. Read her reflections on the impact Justice Talking has had on her service.

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