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JANUARY 2013 Newsletter
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January 2013 Issue
 
 
Annually, Martin Luther King Day is a national holiday where the service community comes together to celebrate Dr. King’s legacy with "A Day On, Not a Day Off” through service to others. What is amazing is that over the years, the holiday has become a powerful moment in our country, especially for alumni of AmeriCorps. It's an opportunity to reflect on our formative experience as AmeriCorps members and how we recognized Dr. King’s legacy in service.
In 2000, I had my first MLK Day service experience while in AmeriCorps*NCCC. I was co-leading a 200 person volunteer day at what was then the 2nd largest homeless shelter in the country (and ironically, and unfortunately, located across the street from the US Department of Labor). Seeing AmeriCorps members, CNCS staff, local nonprofit leaders, University students, and residents of the shelter volunteering side-by-side, while accomplishing so much in service was truly inspirational.
Though early on in my AmeriCorps term, that moment really embodied the power of national service for me, and demonstrated what can be accomplished when we work together. This could not have been better captured than through the quote on my t-shirt, "Everyone can be great because everyone can serve."
AmeriCorps Alums recognizes the leadership and local impact of chapters and individual alumni during MLK Day in 2013, as a reminder of the promise we each made with the AmeriCorps pledge. Our commitment to a lifetime of service is lived out each year in celebrating Dr. King’s legacy of service on the Martin Luther King Day holiday. Please share your story of service, both as a member and in 2013, here.
 
In Service,

Ben Duda
Executive Director of AmeriCorps Alums

 

AmeriCorps Alums is excited to announce a new year-long national partnership with IPSL, a Master’s degree program in International Development and Service with concentrations in global nonprofit management, international educational leadership, sustainability, and international studies.

The partnership will focus on providing a pathway for alumni of AmeriCorps to be trained as international leaders through the resources at IPSL, supporting AmeriCorps Alums’ vision that a vibrant network of AmeriCorps alumni will be the leadership pipeline for the 21st Century.

Click here to learn more about the unique partnership.

 

As AmeriCorps Alums, we have come to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day annually as a Day of Service and 2013 was no different! This year, AmeriCorps Alums Chapters served communities across the country for both the MLK Day and the National Day of Service on Inauguration weekend:


Tax day is coming soon and AmeriCorps Alums will help make the filing process easier through our member benefit with The Beehive. If you made under $57,000 in 2012, you qualify for FREE filing of federal and state taxes. Don’t delay and make sure you file by April 15!

In our December 2012 newsletter, we asked YOU to tell us what you wanted to see in AmeriCorps Alums for 2013. We heard you and wanted to let you know we have been working hard on designing a brand new AmeriCorps Alums website! We took your feedback into our new redesign and want you to see our progress.

If you haven’t updated your AmeriCorps Alums profile recently, this is a great time to do so and see the new features on out site. Take a look and let us know what you think of the changes on Facebook or Twitter!

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