WHEREAS, service to others is a hallmark of the American character and throughout our nation's history, citizens have stepped up to meet challenges by volunteering within their communities; and,
WHEREAS, since its creation in 1994, the AmeriCorps national service program has proven to be a highly effective way to engage Americans of all ages and backgrounds in promoting the importance of service and volunteering; and,
WHEREAS, AmeriCorps has strengthened America's independent sector by supporting the efforts of tens of thousands of nonprofit, community, educational and faith-based community groups nationwide; and,
WHEREAS, more than 26,000 Michigan residents have served as AmeriCorps members, including AmeriCorps Volunteers In Service To America, AmeriCorps National and the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps, providing our state with approximately 37 million hours of service; and,
WHEREAS, on average, each AmeriCorps member recruits an additional 15 volunteers to help address the needs in their communities. Members have recruited an estimated 16,000 additional volunteers in Michigan during the 2015-16 service year; and,
WHEREAS, AmeriCorps members throughout Michigan will, in return for their year of service, earn more than $3.9 million in Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards to further their own educational advancement at colleges and universities; and,
WHEREAS, during this week, we join with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and the Michigan Community Service Commission to recognize the many contributions of AmeriCorps members and thank them for their dedication and service to communities throughout our state and nation;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim March 5-12, 2016 as AmeriCorps Week in Michigan.