All week, members and alumni of AmeriCorps have been recognized in the organization’s seventh annual AmeriCorps Week.
The group, whose members tutor and mentor at-risk youth, help returned veterans find employment, care for seniors, promote economic development and meet other critical needs, has two volunteers working in Clark County.
Madalyn Wells and Chelsea Michels have been working in local schools as part of their year of volunteering with AmeriCorps. Both tutor students at elementary schools in math and reading.
Wells, a graduate of George Rogers Clark High School, has been working at Pilot View Elementary School.
“It’s been fun,” Wells said. “It’s a lot of kids who struggle with math and reading and education in general.
Getting to see that they are doing better after working with them is rewarding.”
Wells said she knew little about AmeriCorps before she started volunteering, but saw it as an opportunity to work with kids.
“I had never really heard of it before,” she said. “Once I found out they do all this volunteering and there’s so much to it, it changed my opinion for the better.”
Michels, a graduate student at Eastern Kentucky University, has been working with Trapp Elementary since October.
“I’ve always had an interest in bettering my community,” Michels said. “When the opportunity came to me to teach in the school, which is something I want to do, I decided to jump on the AmeriCorps wagon.”
The pair works out of Morehead State University’s MSUCorps and will be taking part in a Build-A-Bed program in April. The program provides beds for children who live in homes without enough beds or none at all.
Since 1994, 800,000 people have served as AmeriCorps members and worked one billion hours.
“Each day, AmeriCorps members are building stronger, healthier, and safer communities and are improving the lives of millions of citizens,” said Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the federal agency that administers AmeriCorps. “These members and the millions of volunteers they manage are an indispensable resource to our nation, and AmeriCorps Week is an opportunity to recognize their impact and express our gratitude for their dedicated service.”
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