For Immediate Release: March 13, 2023
Media Contact: Renee.Bade@labor.idaho.gov
AmeriCorps members celebrated for their contributions
To celebrate the annual AmeriCorps Week, Serve Idaho, the Governor’s Commission on Service and Volunteerism, is recognizing the valuable contributions of AmeriCorps members and AmeriCorps Seniors who pledge to “get things done” for the nation.
Gov. Brad Little and Secretary of State and AmeriCorps alum Phil McGrane signed a proclamation designating March 12-16 Idaho AmeriCorps Week, and members were honored for their contributions by local organizations. The weeklong celebration also honors the contributions and support of thousands of local organizations that make these programs possible.
Idaho AmeriCorps members serve programs such as:
- Idaho HealthCorps – operated by Idaho State University’s Institute of Rural Health, it provides health screenings and health education for Idaho’s rural communities.
- The University of Idaho’s Idaho Positive Youth Development program – works with the 4-H extension offices across the state to engage students in afterschool STEAM education.
- North Idaho Senior Companions program – sponsored by the Panhandle Health District, the program provides companionship and respite care to people who are elderly or disabled.
Throughout the week Serve Idaho will highlight members on social media, showcasing the impact they are making in communities throughout Idaho.
“I am grateful and proud to honor our AmeriCorps members and AmeriCorps Senior volunteers. They are getting things done for Idaho,” Serve Idaho Commission Chair Kimber Russell said.
AmeriCorps engages 250,000 Americans each year in results-driven service through AmeriCorps and AmeriCorps Seniors programs. These citizens help communities ensure students stay on track to graduate, combat hunger and homelessness, respond to natural disasters, help seniors live independently, support veterans and military families and more,
In 2022, AmeriCorps committed more than $5.7 million to support Idaho communities through AmeriCorps initiatives. This federal investment leveraged more than $1.5 million in other resources to strengthen community impact, build local support and increase return on taxpayer dollars.
Serve Idaho is a division of the Idaho Department of Labor. The commission administers Idaho’s AmeriCorps programs. Serve Idaho is funded in part by the federal agency AmeriCorps and the Idaho Department of Labor.
More information about Serve Idaho and AmeriCorps service opportunities is at serveidaho.gov
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Serve Idaho is supported by AmeriCorps. A total of $4,519,228, or 61%, of the program is financed with federal funds, and $2,893,430, or 39%, is funded by local support.