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AmeriCorps week celebrated across America

Events were held across the nation to encourage volunteering and AmeriCorps membership from May 11 through May 18. South Dakota was just one of many states which hosted a variety of volunteer and recognition events across the state. 


The Community-University-Resource-Exchange(C-U-R-E) Office at BHSU serves as the volunteerism resource office on campus. Office activities include organizing events that promote service in the BHSU and Spearfish community, including the Volunteer Fair and Make a Difference Day activities in the fall, and the Alternative Spring Break trip in the spring. The C-U-R-E Office also houses information on area non-profits, and this information is open to all members of the BHSU campus.


Since 1994, more than 1,100 AmeriCorps members have worked in South Dakota, generating more than one million hours of service. AmeriCorps Week is designed to honor that service. This nationwide event is also designed to recruit more Americans into volunteer community service, salute AmeriCorps members and alumni, and thank the community partners who make AmeriCorps possible.  Throughout the country, VISTAs (Volunteers in Service to America) carried out a variety of activities to celebrate the week of recognition. For more than forty  years, VISTA has been helping communities across America to empower themselves and to address the complex societal problems that contribute to poverty so that it can be eradicated.


AmeriCorps emerged out of President John F. Kennedy’s War on Poverty initiative. In 1961, Kennedy created the Peace Corps, an American volunteer force whose mission was to provide technical and economic assistance to developing nations throughout the world. His successor, President Lyndon B. Johnson, followed his lead and ushered through Congress the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964. This bill created created a domestic volunteer program, AmeriCorps*VISTA (often called the domestic Peace Corps) to engage Americans in the fight against poverty in our own country.

 

Today there are more than 6,000 American citizens serving as VISTAs in over 700 community projects. BHSU has had VISTA volunteers within the Spearfish community for the past four years.

 

These individuals have worked to connect volunteers to the community, provide a sustainable resource to the community, develop an awareness of the needs of community members/groups, incorporate service into the BHSU student experience through organizing community service events and providing service-learning assistance to faculty and staff on campus.
 

The Community-University-Resource-Exchange(C-U-R-E) Office at BHSU serves as the volunteerism resource office on campus. Office activities include organizing events that promote service in the BHSU and Spearfish community, including the Volunteer Fair and Make a Difference Day activities in the fall, and the Alternative Spring Break trip in the spring. The C-U-R-E Office also houses information on area non-profits, and this information is open to all members of the BHSU campus.

 

The BHSU C-U-R-E Office is actively seeking an energetic, hard working individual to work in the C-U-R-E Office as the volunteer coordinator for BHSU for the 2008-2009 school year. For more information about the position at BHSU, contact Sarah Hanify at 642-6471 or email her at SarahHanify@bhsu.edu. To learn more about AmeriCorps, visit the AmeriCorps Web site: www.americorps.org.

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