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FEBRUARY 2015 NEWSLETTER
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FEBRUARY 2015: Who’s Got a Crush on AmeriCorps?
                                                                  
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1. Happy Valentine's Day, Alums! 2. What AmeriCorps Taught Me about Love
3. Showing Love for Our Communities 4. New Health Benefits Marketplace
5. You’re on VISTA’s Invite List! 6. More News, Tools, and Resources

Happy Valentine's Day


Dear Alum,

 


Valentine’s Day is almost here, and love is in the air! Not just for couples, friends, and family, but for AmeriCorps too. This week, two AmeriCorps alums, Jamiel L. Alexander and Nicole Schmidt, received National Service Advocate of the Year awards at the Voices for National Service Friends of Service event.

And there’s more good news.

Our friends at ServiceNation helped make television history, as a main character from a show joined AmeriCorps. We’ve also now reached over 170 employers as partners in Employers of National Service – including Virginia as the first state to join, alongside Disney, Comcast, the American Red Cross and others.

Read more, too, about the resources we offer and get inspired by alums who share why their AmeriCorps service is one of their life experiences they’ve loved the most. That’s a lot of Alum-love!

In Service,

Ben Duda and Mary Bruce
AmeriCorps Alums Co-Executive Directors

P.S. Did you meet your partner or spouse in AmeriCorps? Tell us your AmeriCorps love-story by tweeting @AmeriCorpsAlums or messaging us on Facebook.


What AmeriCorps Taught Me About Love


Alum Caitlin Morneau shares how service changed the way she thinks about love. Caitlin says, “My love story with AmeriCorps didn’t start in a movie theater or a restaurant, but on a farm in rural Appalachia. We first met while repairing homes with Bethlehem Farm. We got serious when I served as a caseworker at a homeless shelter through Catholic Charities Project SERVE. We went on wild adventures to college campuses across the country recruiting for Catholic Volunteer Network. We drew closer each day when I worked as a Program Assistant for the Catholic Volunteer Network AmeriCorps grant. And we walk side by side each day in my journey as a proud AmeriCorps Alum.” Read more ...


Showing Love for Our Communities


From joining community conversations with hundreds of leaders to sorting Mardi Gras beads for a nonprofit whose sales proceeds help save dogs from kill shelters, AmeriCorps Alums chapters made Martin Luther King, Jr. Day a “Day On.” Check out a few of the great ways AmeriCorps members and alums honored Dr. King’s legacy through service and community dialogues with their local AmeriCorps Alums chapter. Read more


Love Alum Benefits? Explore New Health Benefits Marketplace!

ICYMI, we expanded our member benefits this year to include a benefits program for health, vision, and dental. If you haven’t yet signed up for health insurance, explore the AmeriCorps Alums Benefits Marketplace to find a plan before the February 15th enrollment deadline. We’ve partnered with VelaPoint to make it easier for you to find the right benefits to meet your needs and budget. Learn more


You’re on VISTA’s Invite List!

AmeriCorps VISTA is celebrating its 50th Anniversary with a National Solutions Summit in D.C. on February 25th. Register to live-stream the event here. If you’re in D.C., RSVP here to attend. The Summit salutes AmeriCorps VISTA’s legacy of strengthening communities and creating opportunities that lift individuals out of poverty. 


MEMBER BENEFITS

Need help finding health insurance before the Feb. 15th deadline? Check out our new Benefits Marketplace!


Looking to purchase or re-finance a home? Check out our Quicken Loans partnership!




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