Each year during AmeriCorps Week, Americorps recognizes the commitment of members and alums by highlighting the extraordinary impact AmeriCorps makes across our nation every day. This year, AmeriCorps Week took place from Saturday, March 10 through Sunday, March 18, 2012.
The theme this year, AmeriCorps Works, communicated the value and effectiveness of AmeriCorps while providing flexibility to be used in many different contexts. It provided an overarching framework to communicate AmeriCorps triple bottom line return on investment — for the recipients of service, the people who serve, and the larger community and nation.
-Corporation for National and Community Service
To celebrate AmeriCorps Week this year, Mile High Youth Corps organized several service projects around the Denver area. This gave Corpsmembers the chance to demonstrate the strength of AmeriCorps in the local community as well as connect with other AmeriCorps alums. Our service projects this year included volunteering at a Veteran’s Hospital, cleaning up a neighborhood through our Adopt-A-Spot program, working with Veteran’s Green Jobs, and a Donation Drive in partnership with ARC Thrift Stores.
Now, MHYC Corpsmembers are no stranger to service projects, but for AmeriCorps Week we jumped at the opportunity to give back to those who often sacrifice so much in their service to our country but rarely get the thanks they are owed, our veterans. So on Friday, Corpsmembers and staff headed out across Denver to our project locations and spent the morning working for and alongside our nation’s veterans. We did landscaping and cleaning at the Veteran’s Hospital and helped Veteran’s Green Jobs reorganize their supply yard, all while we listened to the stories of the brave men and women who serve our country every day.
Our veterans are truly an inspiration to many Corpsmembers. They embody the meaning of service and sacrifice and continually strive to improve our nation for those that follow. And yet, they do all of this without ever asking for thanks or gratitude. Our projects during AmeriCorps Week pale in comparison to the dedicated service of American veterans, but we are more than happy to give back in any way we can. Mile High Youth Corps wants to give a very special thanks to all our veterans, including those who we are lucky enough to count among our staff.
Here are some of the pictures we snapped during our AmeriCorps Week service projects this year. For more, check out our album on Facebook.