Coming off the energy of the National Conference on Volunteering and Service (NCVS), the conference theme of "Turning Point” becomes very fitting for where AmeriCorps Alums is currently both as an organization and as a network.
On the Monday morning of NCVS, I was somehow the last speaker on an agenda that included US Senator Dick Durbin, Michelle Nunn of Points of Light, Wendy Spencer of CNCS, and Jonathan Greenblatt from the White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation. It was a packed room of several hundred, for a "National Policy Conversation on Service.”
I gave an overview of AmeriCorps Alums, who we are, what we believe in, and the kinds of local leadership our chapters provide. I asked the room, ‘How many of you are AmeriCorps Alums?’ and half of them raised their hands. 'How many of you work with an AmeriCorps Alum?’ and nearly everyone raised their hand.
At that point I returned to this question that seems to be everywhere these days: "Who will be the next generation to lead non profits and the future of service?” I shared the one answer that I have always believed in and found true – AmeriCorps Alums.
AmeriCorps Alums are "do-ers”. After completing our years of service, we don’t just settle for the work that we have done – we seek to do more. If there’s a need in a community, there’s an Alum ready and willing to jump in and serve. We’re like Apple – whatever role, whatever job, ‘there’s an Alum for that’.
With that belief in mind, I shared that AmeriCorps alumni provide the exact type of skills and leadership that the future of nonprofits, business sectors, and our country will depend on. We’re the exact right people for the job because we don’t just settle for what is given to us. Nonprofits are worried about who will lead as executives retire, corporations are looking for a workforce with 21st century skills like teamwork, managing diversity and thinking on your feet, and governments need to do more with less and build new partnerships amidst an aging workforce. AmeriCorps prepared each of us to tackle any and all of these challenges.
As we move forward and take in the energy of the conference, it has never been more important to inspire the next generation of incoming AmeriCorps alumni. You have the chance to share your enthusiasm for a lifetime of service and pass it on to the next generation of alumni service leaders. Share your turning points of service and inspire others as an alumni role model as they prepare to lead in their life after AmeriCorps.
Newest Member Benefit with Motel 6!
AmeriCorps Alums has partnered with Motel 6 to provide a 10% discount to all registered AmeriCorps Alums members. Anytime you are traveling, whether it is for service in your life after AmeriCorps or your own personal vacation, feel free to use the discount at any of the 1,100+ pet-friendly Motel 6 locations across the U.S. and Canada.
Since Motel 6 is the lowest priced hotel of any national brand, the discount will help you save even more! To book your reservation using the 10% discount, either click here or call 1-800-4-Motel6 and use the AmeriCorps Alums discount code. Only registered members can take advantage of this exclusive member benefit, so make sure to register as an AmeriCorps Alum to receive the special discount code.
Thanks for continuing your service and choosing to stay at Motel 6!
2012 NCVS Highlights
At the 2012 National Conference on Volunteering and Service (NCVS), over 500+ registered AmeriCorps Alumni made up the 5,000 registered attendees who convened in Chicago with the thought leaders of the modern service movement. AmeriCorps Alums had a great time hosting our Pre Conference and Townhall and you can read more about our time at NCVS:
June Chapter Highlights
Bay Area Chapter
: The Bay Area Chapter of AmeriCorps Alums took part in the Causes.com meet-up with fellow Bay Area activists. Causes.com is the world's largest online platform for collective action. AmeriCorps alum, James Rogers, a Causes.com team member was one of the event hosts.
- Miami Chapter: Miami co-hosted a human rights panel discussion with Amnesty International. Over 80 people attended a very inspiring night of discussion, with the event being facilitated by AmeriCorps alum and human rights activist Muhammed Malik
St. Louis Chapter
: The St. Louis Chapter gathered chapter members for an evening of networking and fun at the Whitaker Music Festival
Los Angeles Chapter
: Our L.A. Chapter held a networking event for its members in downtown L.A. at Casey’s Irish Pub
: The Philadelphia Chapter reconnected with their AmeriCorps roots by hosting the visiting NCCC team Raven 2 at the National Constitution Center
Newest Chapters: Welcome to our network – Columbus, Fresno, Greenville, Milwaukee, and San Antonio
If you are interested in starting a chapter, please complete a chapter leader application and return to Greg Heinrich.
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