The AmeriCorps Pledge

May 5, 2016

Join us June 12 for our Annual AmeriGrad Picnic and Annual Meeting


Join us and InterCorps Council of Connecticut on Sunday, June 12th as we celebrate the AmeriCorps Connecticut members graduating from service in 2016 and honor our annual Champions of Service! There will be food, fun, and friendship.

This event is open to the public - members, alums, friends, and friendly strangers are all welcome! Current members or members who ended their service in the last six months are FREE, however we are asking others to donate what they can do help out ($10 suggested). As is tradition, we will also have some amazing raffles to help us raise some funds for the year ahead. If you'd like to participate, please bring cash.

Get your tickets now at http://bit.ly/CTAmeriGrad16!

Thank you to all of our sponsors who help make this event possible! If you or your organiztaion would like to sponsor, please contact us at connecticut@americorpsalums.org.

Mar 21, 2016

AmeriCorps Week 2016 is a Wrap!


Since we last spoke AmeriCorps Week continued to be a week of fellowship through various service projects, networking events and celebration.

To learn more about how the day went, read InterCorps Council of Connecticut's full blog post HERE. A huge thank you to InterCorps Council of Connecticut and all of the alums, members, and AmeriFriends who joined us to celebrate in 2016! Stay tuned for more #AmeriCorpsWeek wrap ups and news on our next event - the 2016 AmeriGrad Picnic!

Feb 26, 2016

AmeriCorps Week 2016 Unveiled


AmeriCorps Week 2016 is taking place March 5 - 12th, and we have partnered with InterCorps Council of Connecticut to put together events to make it easy to meet and serve with AmeriCorps members and alums across the state!

Visit the InterCorps Council of Connecticut's full listing of events HERE and don't forget to follow InterCorps Council of Connecticut and us on Facebook to stay up-to-date on all of the service and celebrations taking place!

Sep 25, 2015

Celebrating 2015 and Beyond at Our Second Annual Meeting!

From Public Allies Connecticut to Community Health Corps to Peace Corps and more - thank you to all who joined us on August 26th at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station for our 2015 Annual Meeting!

Chapter Leader Tina Lindstrom, AmeriCorps NCCC
We were fortunate to be joined by Anne Ostberg, the Connecticut state director of the Corporation for National and Community Service and one of our chapter’s biggest supporters, who shared the impact national service has had on our state. In the past year CNCS committed over $10 million in funding, leveraging an additional $3 million from local sources. These funds enabled 750 AmeriCorps members and over 1,300 Senior Corps volunteers to serve our communities most important needs - from healthcare to education to caring for older adults with no one else to turn to.

The evening was also a chance to reflect on what AmeriCorps Alums was able to get done in Connecticut from 2014-2015. This past year our focus was to create more connections and offer more resources to AmeriCorps Alums.
  • Last November at our first-ever networking social with Brandeis University we welcomed over 30 people to learn about the amazing scholarship opportunities available to AmeriCorps alums pursuing graduate studies with the Heller School of Social Policy and Management.
  • At our annual Crazy Sweater Party (with a Purpose), we raised close to $150 in cash and collected three 30-gallon sized bags full of in-kind donations for the families served by IRIS - Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services.
  • The InterCorps Council of Connecticut grew into a thriving and very-active board, hosting almost monthly events and fostering partnerships with CTYP and others throughout the state.
  • In July we were fortunate to be a part of Connecticut’s VISTA 50th celebrations in Hartford, leveraging our partnership with Cabot Creamery to provide dinner to the over 100 alums, members, and community partners who attended.

Finally, we also announced our Champions of Service for 2015.

ABOVE AND BEYOND MEMBER
Alum Champion Ericus Adams shares her story. 
Jody Kelly, AARP Experience Corps

ALUM CHAMPION
Mayor Toni Harp, City of New Haven
Ericus Adams, Green Crew

COMMUNITY CONNECTOR
Connecticut Campus Compact

AMERICORPS ADVOCATE
Sen. Christopher Murphy

It was especially moving to hear from our alum champion Ericus Adams who first started as a Green Crew member at Knox Parks in Hartford and now not only runs the program but is also a member of the Connecticut Commission on Community Service and a true mentor for others throughout the state.

VISTA, Public Allies, Community Health Corps, Peace Corps
and more came together to celebrate national service in CT.
Looking forward to the future our goal is to increase our level of engagement with alums in the state, reaching out to those who served many years ago and may not even know we exist. We also plan on continuing our efforts to connect alums and the broader national service community in Connecticut through service, professional development, and advocacy efforts. If you’d like to get more involved, please reach out to us at connecticut@americorpsalums.org.

Special thanks to the sponsors who helped make the evening such a success: Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, Girl Scouts of Connecticut, Claire’s Corner Copia, Insomnia Cookies, and Staples. We’d also like to thank our generous raffle sponsors: Wood N Tap, Caseus Fromagerie, Barcelona Wine Bar, Girl Scouts of Connecticut, Message by Massage, Woodside Massage, Fresh Yoga, and Gouveia Vineyards.


Jul 20, 2015

Getting Cheesy Over VISTA 50!

On Tuesday, July 14th we were honored to be a part of Connecticut's celebration of VISTA's 50th Anniversary. Taking place in Hartford, Connecticut - one of the very-first VISTA service locations in the 1960s - the event brought together over 100 alumni, current members, and lovers of national service from throughout the state.

We were joined by Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra, who thanked the VISTAs who had served and announced plans to place AmeriCorps VISTA members in support of the newly-rewarded Promise Zone designation of Hartford's North End. Also giving their thanks were MC End Hunger Connecticut! Executive Director (and VISTA Class of 1980 alum) Lucy Nolan, currently-serving PAVE New Haven VISTA Brittany Groat, and our very-own Chapter Leader Tina Lindstrom.

Hartford Mayor Segarra thanks VISTAs from
five decades for their service.

In addition to serving on the event's planning committee, we were honored to have helped provide food for the event through our new partnership with Cabot Creamery Cooperative and the Gratitude Grill. Cabot treated attendees to a hearty and delicious meal of homemade Legacy Mac & Cheese alongside a delicious fresh salad and cookies. 

Thank you to chefs Jimmy Kennedy and Cindy Stoker for making sure our bellies were full, and to Carolyn Kingston for coordinating the details. It was tremendous to work with everyone and a great pleasure to get to meet one of Cabot's Coop Farmers, Amanda Freund of Freund's Farmer's Market in East Canaan - we love that the cheese we buy can help support our local farmers (and taste so, so good!).

As a cooperative, Cabot Creamery is dedicated to giving back to the community and honoring all of the volunteers who help get things done. Reward Volunteers is an initiative that makes it easy to keep track of the time you spend making your community a better place and allows you to earn rewards, not only for yourself but also for the organizations you serve. For more information click here: http://www.rewardvolunteers.coop/about.php.