March 8 - 14, 2020: AmeriCorps Week

WHEREAS, service to others is a hallmark of the American character, and, throughout our history, citizens have stepped up to meet challenges by volunteering in their communities; and,

WHEREAS, AmeriCorps provides opportunities for nearly 75,000 Americans to serve their country through an intensive commitment to service at nonprofits, schools, public agencies, and community and faith-based groups across the country; and,

WHEREAS, AmeriCorps enriches the lives of its members, building habits that create engaged citizens who are active participants in civic matters affecting their communities long after their service terms are completed; and,

WHEREAS, AmeriCorps members encourage collaboration and partnerships, leveraging millions of volunteers in service and acquiring the support of business partners to increase the effectiveness of their initiatives; and,

WHEREAS, in Michigan, more than 900 AmeriCorps members of various ages and backgrounds helped to meet local needs at more than 300 locations in the state by tutoring or mentoring children and youth, supporting Veterans and military families, restoring the environment, and responding to disasters; and,

WHEREAS, in exchange for their service, AmeriCorps members develop valuable work skills, earn money for continuing education, and strengthen the lives of their families, communities, and the people of Michigan as a whole; and,

WHEREAS, since AmeriCorps was founded in 1994, more than 33,000 AmeriCorps members in Michigan served more than 50 million hours and qualified for the Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards totaling more than $116 million; and,

WHEREAS, AmeriCorps Week is an opportunity to recognize the dedication and commitment of the more than one million Americans who have chosen to serve their country through AmeriCorps and their community partners, and to encourage more Americans to follow their footsteps in service;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Gretchen Whitmer, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim March 8-14, 2020, as AmeriCorps Week in Michigan and urge citizens to thank AmeriCorps members and alumni for their service and to continue the AmeriCorps mission through their own service.