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April 2013  

In This Issue
1. Remembering Joseph Massenburg 2. I Serve Because - Deadline Extended
3. Early Bird Registration for Conference on Volunteering & Service
4. SAVE Scholarship Opportunities for AmeriCorps Alums

"I just wanted to say that the reason I look back so fondly on my time "in the A" is that it provided a sense of community that I had never had; although the circumstances were tragic, the coming together of Alumni and current members over Joseph has reinforced that feeling.” - Nicolas P., NCCC Class XIV

April 1st marked a horrible tragedy for the AmeriCorps National Service community. Joseph Massenburg, an AmeriCorps*NCCC Corps Member on the Vicksburg campus, was killed in New Orleans during his first service project. As an NCCC alumnus myself (Class VI and VII), the news of Joseph’s passing was incredibly saddening and it was very apparent that this horrible event impacted not only Vicksburg community, but also countless alumni, like Nicolas P., across other AmeriCorps programs.

Thanks to the inspirational actions of NCCC and AmeriCorps St. Louis alumnus Kyle Henning, "Day in Grey” on April 5, 2013 was created as an opportunity for alumni and current members to share condolences and stand in support of both the Massenburg family and the Vicksburg campus community. Almost 3,500 alumni, current members, and supporters donned their grey and green shirts to commemorate his life on the day of remembrance. AmeriCorps Alums collected over 500 images shared through social media to create the above mosaic for the Vicksburg campus and Massenburg family as a visual representation of the unity participants felt as part of "Day in Grey," which you can read more here.

In my mind, the "Day in Grey” will always be about the tragic loss of a young man who wanted to serve his country and how it touched so many. How this event affected the AmeriCorps Alums community demonstrates so clearly what it means to ‘wear the A.' I hope you’ll join me in a moment of quiet reflection and then find an opportunity to serve in your local community in memory and honor of Joseph Massenburg.

In Service,

Ben Duda
Executive Director - AmeriCorps Alums

Why Did You Serve? Share in the "I Serve Because" Contest


On National Volunteer Week, it has never been a better time to share your AmeriCorps service story in the "I Serve Because…” Video Contest – sponsored by the Save Service Coalition and AmeriCorps Alums! With the recent increase in passionate video submissions from Alums, we have extended the contest deadline to May 3, 2013. The time is NOW to submit your personal testimony into the contest.

It’s easy to share your story – record the video using your cellphone, webcam, or camera and submit it here to be posted onthe official "I Serve Because…” Tumblr page. Once recorded, you can share it on social media using #IServeBecause to let your networks know why you continue to live out a Lifetime of Service.

On May 6th, the top 10 best submissions will be put up for a public vote on Facebook. The winning submission will have a choice to either receive a new laptop OR registration to the 2013 Conference on Volunteering and Service. Alumni of AmeriCorps are the BEST advocates for national service and we hope that you’ll share your story of service today.

Watch these "I Serve Because…” submissions on YouTube:

Early Bird Registration Ends Soon for Conference on Volunteering & Service


Alums – Make sure to register before April 26th for Points of Light’s Conference on Volunteering and Service to receive a special early bird discount -- as much as 50% off the standard rate.

Join 5,000 others from nonprofit, corporate and government for the world’s largest gathering of volunteer and service leaders, in Washington, D.C. June 19-22, 2013. Volunteers from across the country will come together in the nation’s capital to learn from inspirational leaders, provocative thinkers, hands-on experts – and each other, people like you who are changing the world through service.

Here are just a few of the sessions for AmeriCorps alumni that are filling up fast:
  • AmeriCorps Alums Town Hall
  • Life After AmeriCorps Train-the-Trainer
  • The Impact of AmeriCorps Alums: Making a Difference This Year and Beyond
  • AmeriCorps Alumni as Leaders: How to Grow as a Leader After Your Term of Service
Check out other Conference sessions here and register before April 26 to secure the early bird discount. You can also learn more about volunteering for a four hour shift at Conference to save $150 off of registration costs.

We look forward to seeing you in Washington, D.C.!

Special Learning Opportunity for AmeriCorps Alums


Attend the Summit for Advanced Volunteer Engagement (SAVE) post Conference, June 21-23, 2013. SAVE is the only national gathering for advanced leaders in volunteer engagement and features plenary sessions led by the top thought leaders in the field, challenging workshops and focused peer networking. This year's theme is Fearless Leadership with keynote speech by Michael Smith, SVP at the Case Foundation.

Five scholarships to AmeriCorps Alums will be offered to attend the exclusive learning event. Don’t delay as applications are due by May 3rd!

During SAVE, you’ll learn cutting-edge trends in volunteer engagement, how to strategically position your program within your organization and community, and how a group of peers can help you think creatively and address issues in your work. You don’t want to miss this event!

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