I’m just going to say it – I thought we were special. Somehow, I got blind-sided and actually believed that everyone knew. Guess you’re just as likely to be one of those people…yeah, that’s right…one of those people that isn’t celebrating National AmeriCorps Week today. Ok, so maybe you were a little busy. I mean, it is Reading is Fun Week, National Tourism Week, National Nursing Home Week, Salvation Army Week, National Women’s Health Week, National Police Week, and of course (my personal favorite) – National Stuttering Awareness Week. For the sake of some appropriateness, I’m just going to let that go. Maybe there should also be “National Writing Blogs about Volunteerism Week”…what do you think about that Mrs. Senator? No. Obviously that deserves at least a month.
Well, that was a nice sidetrack. What I really wanted to tell you about are all the events planned for this week that celebrate national service. It is easy to find something in your area – just go to www.americorpsalumsevents.org and search for your city or state. Here in Maine, I can’t even keep up with all the things going on. Maine AmeriCorps Alums is going wild with an event practically every day. And, the Maine Commission for Community Service has a number of projects posted as well.
My goal during AmeriCorps Week? I just want someone (well, everyone, actually) to hear “AmeriCorps” and have some idea of what I’m talking about. Volunteering abroad is cool and all, but if I have to say the sentence “it’s like the domestic PeaceCorps” one more time, I might flip. Why is our country so unaware of the fact that every year more than 70,000 Americans donate a year of their time to service outside the military? I have no idea. But, I’m going to outreach-fair my tail off to make sure our community supports and appreciates its full-time volunteers. Don’t doubt me – I am an AmeriCorps alum, and I will get things done! (That’s the AmeriCorps slogan, obviously). Want to help me? Vote for AmeriCorps Alums on Pepsi Refresh – it’s a simple way to raise awareness about the impact of national service! Probably even better than making every word start with “ameri”…though I’m still going to call this my ameri-post during ameri-week (and I’m wearing ameri-gear).