Goodwill Demonstrates that AmeriCorps “Works”

NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release

March 8, 2012

Goodwill Demonstrates that AmeriCorps “Works”
National AmeriCorps Week Highlights Contribution of AmeriCorps Members in Local Communities

Northern New England — March 10 – March 18, 2012 marks the sixth annual AmeriCorps Week, a week dedicated to recognizing AmeriCorps volunteers throughout the country who give back by serving their local communities. Goodwill Industries of Northern New England manages three unique AmeriCorps programs: Community Resource Corps (CRC), Emergency Response Corps (ERC) and Great Strides Rural Education Corps. CRC volunteers are placed at nonprofits throughout northern New England to help start or strengthen volunteer programs. ERC volunteers work at volunteer fire departments and local EMT services, working to grow the local volunteer base for fire and emergency services in rural areas. Great Strides volunteers work at rural schools to help at-risk students engage in a successful school experience.

In 2011, Goodwill AmeriCorps volunteers recruited 3,523 new volunteers at more than 40 nonprofits, schools and fire and rescue organizations, who contributed nearly 50,000 hours of service. AmeriCorps members gave back to their local communities in the areas of education, mentoring, food security and emergency preparedness. Examples include:

  • Community Response Corps volunteers provided hands on cooking and nutrition information to 92 youth in Lewiston; recruited 218 tutors for an after-school tutoring program in Lewiston; and increased participation in the YouthLinks program at Medomak Middle School (Waldoboro)
  • Emergency Response Corps volunteers conducted 70 public safety presentations to more than 2,000 individuals on the topics of infant car seat installation and safety, CPR/First Aid and other emergency preparedness topics
  • Great Strides AmeriCorps volunteers served 684 students and completed 7,968 hours of academic support, service learning and mentoring

Goodwill AmeriCorps volunteers currently serve in the following towns:

Maine:
Bath, Belfast, Bethel, Brewer, Camden, Cherryfield, Falmouth, Farmington, Fort Fairfield, Greenville, Hartland, Hinckley, Isleford, Kennebunk, Lebanon, Lincoln, Lewiston, Machias, Ocean Park, Portland, Raymond, Rockland, Rockport, Rumford, Skowhegan, Stockton Springs, Strong, Sullivan, Tenants Harbor, Waterville, Westbrook and Winslow

New Hampshire:
Claremont, Farmington, Milford, Milton

Vermont:
Barnet, Bennington, Manchester Center, Orleans, Sharon, West Rutland

The theme of this year’s AmeriCorps week is “AmeriCorps Works.” To demonstrate the work that our AmeriCorps members do every day, Goodwill is featuring several video clips of AmeriCorps volunteers talking about their service and how it has impacted them. These videos can be accessed on Goodwill’s YouTube site.

Several Goodwill AmeriCorps members have planned days of service to recognize AmeriCorps week. Over 50 service projects, outreach efforts and educational opportunities will be offered by members during AmeriCorps week. To learn about a project in your area, please contact Joely Ross, AmeriCorps Program Manager at joely.ross@goodwillnne.org or (207) 939-3695.

 

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About Goodwill Industries of Northern New England
Goodwill Industries of Northern New England has a 80-year history of providing innovative services that eliminate barriers to opportunity and help people in need reach their fullest potential through the power of work. A social enterprise for over 100 years, Goodwill reflects economic, social and environmental sustainability, with a focus on connecting people to marketplace employment. Our programs are funded by revenue from our 27 retail stores, grants, fees, and financial gifts.  Please visit www.goodwillnne.org for more information.

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