Nov 22, 2011
This past Make a Difference Day AmeriCorps Alums CT was involved in some awesome service projects!
Here are some quantifiables:
Team 1 - There was a total of 3 trash bags filled with leaves and 2 brown home depot bags full of weeds and any other bad plants found before we added the mulch. 7 1/2 bags of mulch spread.
Team 2 - Our team at Garden Street filled 8 leaf bags from the front and backyard of a two-family duplex.
Number of residents whose company we enjoyed: 20-30
Number of Allies singing karaoke: 5
Bridgeport Neighborhood Trust - 42 lead assessment surveys completed
Number of rooms painted: 3 (1 main lobby, 2 bathrooms)
Number of people interacted with at site: 3
Habitat for Humanity
Number of bags of trash collected from the neighborhood: 10
Number of roofing boards marked and lifted up scaffolding and through windows: 40
Number of houses we helped build and beautify: 2
Oct 18, 2011
The following are projects confirmed for the day. We will be partnering with Public Allies and community members:
Operation Hope - Going to 5 properties to clean and prep for winter - mulching, weeding, maybe some painting
Bridgeport Neighborhood Trust - Going out in the Black Rock section of Bridgeport conducting surveys on residents perceptions of lead poisoning, beginning with a 45-minute training from BNT staff
Bridgeport Housing Authority - Going to a community center in low-income housing to restore and paint it so that the residents will be able to rent out the room
Hollander House - Going to an elderly housing complex where work will be divided between staining an outdoor gazebo and spending time with the residents (Spanish and Russian speakers would be ideal here).
YMCA Alpha Community Services - cleaning around some properties in Washington Park
Habitat For Humanity -Working on a House
Here is the Public Allies schedule for the day:
9:00am - meet up at the Burroughs Community Center for check-in
9:30 - split into groups and travel to sites d
9:45 - arrival and introductions
10:00-2:00 - volunteer at sites
2:15 - "working" lunch back at the Burroughs Community Center, we will ask groups to split up and sit with other groups to discuss their experience time
3:30 - group debrief of the day
4:00 - closing out the day and check-out
Please consider volunteering, and send me an email or message through this site if you are interested. There will also be a project sign up on The Make A Difference Day site, however it has not posted yet. I will send out another email with the link when it is up.
We very much encourage Alums to come out and meet each other and volunteer. There are many of you who we have not yet met, but we are very excited to do some community service with you. I'm sure most of you have participated in prior "Make a Difference Day" Projects and remember how rewarding an experience it can be.
CT AmeriCorps Alums Chapter Leader
You can also sign up here.
May 10, 2011
May 8, 2011
Apr 28, 2011
Previously Emily was a research intern and an AmeriCorps VISTA intern in Environmental Education. Read more here.
Apr 24, 2011
Apr 17, 2011
Mar 30, 2011
During the Tribute on March 21 honoring President George H. W. Bush and celebrating the modern-day service movement, we met Rhonda Ulmer, one of 600,000 AmeriCorps Alums who have changed this country.
We also heard about the bipartisan heritage of the service movement and the critical role that voluntary action plays in overcoming the challenges our families, communities, and nation face in the 21st Century.
It is vital that we continue to take this bipartisan message to Congress.
We know that in February, the House of Representatives proposed the elimination of AmeriCorps and the Corporation for National and Community Service. The latest short-term budget for the government expires on April 8th. Before that date, Congress will have difficult decisions to make regarding federal spending for FY 2011. We also anticipate this week that the House Leadership will release its FY2012 budget proposal.
For these reasons, I urge you to call your Senators by using the number 1-855-US-SERVE (1-855-877-3783) on Monday, April 4th and express your strong support for national and community service. For more information and other action steps, visit http://www.saveservice.org/.
I asked for your help earlier this month, and you along with the nation delivered with 10,000 calls. Now we need you to deliver one more time. Show Congress that America cares about service and AmeriCorps enough to visit their offices and call in support….twice!
Dear Mr. Brightman,
Thank you for your thoughtful message regarding proposed cuts to AmeriCorps. I appreciate hearing from you.
There is no question that our nation is in the midst of a fiscal crisis. We’re spending too much money and leaving the bill for our children and grandchildren. A recent report released by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) shows that waste and duplication in government costs taxpayers billions of dollars each year. We need to rein in excessive and wasteful spending, as well as work to eliminate fraud to reduce our deficit.
At the same time, we must ensure that we do not make indiscriminate cuts that will ultimately hurt our country. Programs such as AmeriCorps provide valuable services to those in need, and also train a new class of young leaders who will go on to serve important roles in our community.
Please be assured that as the budget is considered, I will fight to make sure that the spending cuts we make are smart cuts, and that we continue to invest in our future by preserving funding for worthwhile programs like AmeriCorps.
Thank you again for your message. I will certainly keep your views in mind.
United States Senator
If you'd like to contact Senator Blumenthal you can online here or call his Hartford office at 860-258-6940.
Mar 20, 2011
Mar 14, 2011
Come out and show your support for AmeriCorps!
Friday, May 13th is AmeriCorps Night at New Britain Stadium.
Tickets are only $5, the Rock Cats (Minnesota Twins) will host the Portland Sea Dogs (Red Sox).
AmeriCorps will be featured during the First Pitch, an on field ceremony and the night will wrap up with fireworks!
Gates open at 5:05 pm, and the game starts at 6:35.
Stay tuned for more info, see you on the 13th!
Mar 10, 2011
call each and every senator across the country as congress gears up to set the budget for the following year!
Mar 5, 2011
Mar 4, 2011
Stay tuned for more information and events on the best week of the year!
Feb 28, 2011
This is the first project for Team Fire Four, and up is work along with the Oklahoma Ranger District USDA Forest Service.
To read more about the project click here.
Here's a sample -
The Connecticut Campus Compact is looking for a VISTA alum to serve as an Events Manager, starting in June.
Some of the Leader's responsibilities will include:
• Recognizing the efforts and accomplishments made by Members, through media publications;
• Promoting information sharing and resource building amongst VISTA members and programs;
• Publishing quarterly VISTA newsletters and biannual CTCC newsletters;
• Organizing training opportunities that will provide Members the resources necessary to support the overarching goals.
Much more info, including term of service, qualifications, benefits and contact info can be found here.
Feb 27, 2011
The bill, which passed the house and is now on it's way to the Senate, proposes to cut all federal funding for several services including AmeriCorps, City Year, and Habitat for Humanity. That's when Caleb decided to make his voice heard. He created an online petition, encouraged some friends and fellow alums to sign, and before long he had collected the names of over 100,000 people who support funding these important services.
The list of names accompanied a letter given to House majority leader Eric Cantor (R-VA). This demonstrates the passion, pride and commitment AmeriCorps alums as well as our support for well funded and essential national and local services.
Read more about Caleb's story here, make sure to keep an eye on H.R. 1, and call, write or email your Connecticut Representative and Senators Blumenthal and Lieberman and tell them why AmeriCorps is so vitally important to you, the state, and our country!
Feb 17, 2011
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Jan 10, 2011