Serve Idaho joins leaders across the country in the ninth annual National Service Recognition Day, a nationwide bipartisan initiative to highlight the impact of national service in tackling local problems. The event was established to recognize the positive impact of national service, to thank those who serve and to encourage more citizens to give back to their communities.
This year’s event is especially meaningful as tens of thousands of AmeriCorps and AmeriCorps Seniors members have supported communities in response to the pandemic and other challenges during the past year. National service members and volunteers across the nation continue to help distribute vaccines, work at food banks, support tutoring initiatives, safely get students back in the classroom and support isolated seniors.
More than 900 AmeriCorps members and AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers served in 100 locations across Idaho in 2020 providing support in their communities such as connecting homeless individuals to services, managing after-school programs, engaging youth in environmental education and serving as foster grandparents.
Idaho’s AmeriCorps programs are funded through Serve Idaho and by AmeriCorps, the agency.
As the federal agency for service and volunteering, AmeriCorps annually engages millions of Americans in service at more than 40,000 locations through AmeriCorps, AmeriCorps Seniors and other programs. National service participants serve directly with nonprofit organizations to tackle some of the toughest challenges facing the nation from disaster response, strengthening public safety and support for veterans, to tutoring and mentoring disadvantaged students.
For more information about National Service Recognition Day, visit https://americorps.gov/newsroom/events/national-service-recognition-day.
Serve Idaho, a division of the Idaho Department of Labor, encourages voluntary public service and volunteerism throughout the state. It administers Idaho’s National Service Program, AmeriCorps, provides technical assistance in volunteer management and celebrates the outstanding contributions of Idaho’s volunteers during the annual Idaho Philanthropy Day awards program. The Serve Idaho Commission is funded in part by AmeriCorps and the Idaho Department of Labor.