SCI AmeriCorps Members celebrate 20th Anniversary, attend festivities at Tufts

SCI Press Release

 

On September 12, 2014, the AmeriCorps Program turns 20 and enters its third decade as the leading force in public service and volunteerism in America. In the same tradition of past (and still current) programs like the Civilian Conservation Corps of the 1930s and 1940s and the Peace Corps and VISTA programs begun during the 1960s, AmeriCorps is now deeply rooted in American communities with more than 820,000 past members and 80,000 current members serving in local schools and a wide variety of non-profit organizations that are committed to solving real problems like illiteracy, homelessness, hunger, violence against women, job and skill training and more.

 

Over twenty AmeriCorps members serving with Social Capital Inc. (SCI) throughout Eastern Massachusetts this year will be attending the 20th anniversary festivities for Massachusetts AmeriCorps programs at Tufts University on Friday. One of the rumored speakers (via video feed) is none other than President Barack Obama.

 

Massachusetts has produced 27,000 AmeriCorps members since the inception of the program 20 years ago. For a small living stipend and the opportunity for continuing education grants after their service, they commit a year of their life to a service organization and more often than not continue to serve in their communities long after their formal service is complete.

 

Social Capital Inc. (SCI) is entering its eighth year in the AmeriCorps program, totalling close 200 members and over 200,000 hours of service by our members alone. Factor in the overall reach of those members (volunteer recruitment, social media), and the numbers grow exponentially. Some of those members have stayed on with SCI after their service, including Woburn native Andrew Gibson, Manager of Network Solutions.

 

“We have more demand for opportunities to serve than we have the capacity to place them,” says Emily Haber, the CEO of the Massachusetts Service Alliance that manages the AmeriCorps program in Massachusetts. “They really are extraordinary people doing extraordinary service in all of our communities and changing the lives of those they serve. It is hard to be cynical when you see them in service, teaching children or tutoring illiterate adults who are then able to read to their children and change the trajectory of a family.”