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May 2012
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May 2012 Issue 

Looking back on the month of May, one word that sums up the impact made by AmeriCorps Alums is Community - specifically a strong community of service. Alums on a local and national level are making service an integral part of their life after AmeriCorps and connecting with other likeminded peers for further personal and professional development. It is an exciting time to see Alums grow in their commitment to service and becoming service leaders in their communities.

At the beginning of May, AmeriCorps Alums selected the two award recipients of the Eli J. Segal Entrepreneurship award; elevating two individuals that represent the leadership potential that is cultivated through service and representative of the work that Alums are doing across the country. You'll be inspired by the impact of Anita and Ryan's work, as well as their aspirations in the years to come.

On May 16, 2012, we convened an event long overdue for the national service community in Washington DC, and one that I hope will lead to more opportunities for Alums to leave their mark on our country's capital. Finally, we remember the spirit of service shown one year ago during the disaster recovery efforts in Joplin, Mo. All eyes turned to Joplin as AmeriCorps members and Alums converged to spearhead the volunteer efforts and quickly embodying the "get things done” spirit in disaster response that we all know well.

This next month, I ask you to find your community of service. Serve with a local chapter or start your own with your fellow Alums. Let's continue to partner with the Alums in our community and be leaders in advocating for service. On both a local and national level, we can leverage our power in numbers and demonstrate how service can't be ignored as a national priority.

In Service,

Ben Duda

PS - Yesterday’s Huffington Post piece illustrates how Washinton's not looking nearly hardly enough at service as a solution, and that it needs to be of greater national importance to move our country forward.

Congratulations to Our 2012 Segal Award Recipients

To celebrate the Eli J. Segal's legacy of service, we are proud to announce our two 2012 recipients of the Eli J. Segal Entrepreneurship Award: Anita Yip and Ryan Sarafolean. Both of these Alums have demonstrated exceptional commitment to service in their life after AmeriCorps and we're proud to highlight their entrepreneurship and leadership. They will be joining the Segal Fellows Network, where they'll be part of a community of successful citizen leaders.

We're excited to be supporting them in their journey. Read more about the winners and the award here.

Joplin: One Year Later

May 22, 2012 marked the one year anniversary of the tornadoes that had devastated the city of Joplin, Mo. During the recovery and rebuilding phases of the city, AmeriCorps members were among first to serve onsite – helping with volunteer management and disaster recovery. We celebrate the members who served and their demonstration that "AmeriCorps Works” for Joplin.

May Chapter Highlights

Washington D.C.: AmeriCorps Alums ED Ben Duda and the DC Chapter convened an event for alumni working on Capitol Hill or in the federal government. Read more about the networking event here.

Los Angeles: At two Big Sunday service events, the LA Chapter refurbished twelve wheelchairs at UCP Wheels for Humanity, and painted, planted, and gardened at Broxton Elementary.

New Hampshire: The AmeriCorps Alums NH Chapter packed parcels at Moore*Mart for military members and families.

Miami: For Stamp Out Hunger, the Miami Chapter participated in the Sorting Party at the Allapattah Post Office, logging 8 hours of service while sorting and packing ~1,500 lbs. of non-perishable food items

Newest Chapters: Welcome to our newest chapter in Valdosta, GA.

If you are interested in starting a chapter, please complete a chapter leader application and return to Greg Heinrich.

Announcements & Links

  • On June 12, 2012, we'll be hosting an exclusive webinar with Mark Shriver on his forthcoming book, A Good Man; Rediscovering my Father Sargent Shriver. Register now.

  • Registered Alums can save on an insurance quote with our latest partnership with GEICO.

  • Find your local AmeriCorps Alums subgroup by joining us on LinkedIn.

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