Across the Nation
AmeriCorps is a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency that facilitates the service of over 5 million volunteers in the United States. Annually, over 80,000 people commit to volunteer projects around the nation through the national AmeriCorps network, which includes local, state and national service programs. As one of the Corporation for National and Community Service’s core programs, AmeriCorps focuses on the six priority areas including: disaster services, economic opportunity, education, environmental stewardship, healthy futures and veterans and military families.
In Our State
In the state of Maryland, upwards of 10,000 volunteers of diverse backgrounds have mobilized to meet local needs, strengthen our communities and increase civic engagement through national service programs, including AmeriCorps. As of March 2015, the AmeriCorps network in Maryland included 1,742 volunteers working with 61 projects throughout the state, each making the commitment to take action to strengthen our communities.
In Our Backyard: Western Maryland
ASTAR in Western Maryland, an AmeriCorps State and National program based at Frostburg State University, provides volunteers to organizations committed to using service to address crucial community needs in the areas of education, public safety, health and the environment. It is one of several State and National level service programs in the state. As of March 2015, ASTAR has worked to provide 195 AmeriCorps volunteer positions to over 22 sponsoring agencies. As a diverse rural AmeriCorps Program, ASTAR engages members in full time, part time, reduced time and education award only direct service opportunities in order to meet the pressing issues identified within the four-county region. Members become a part of a regional team- working to identify issues and playing a crucial role in implementing a solution to these issues.
At Our Agency
The Asian American Center of Frederick (AACF) is an agency dedicated to providing resources and support to underserved populations in Frederick, Maryland, with a focus on health outreach and education to immigrant and minority communities. As an AmeriCorps partner, AACF utilizes AmeriCorps volunteer positions to support health education programs. AmeriCorps members are empowered as emerging community leaders to enhance community services and enrich existing programs through contributing insight from their diverse backgrounds. Over the service cycle from September 2014 to August 2015, AACF benefited from the service of 31 AmeriCorps members, including full time, part time, and education award only members. At AACF, AmeriCorps members are committed to serving our community and getting things done.
Projects AmeriCorps members have worked on include, but are not limited to:
Health Fair, Citizenship, ESL, Health Disparity Projects – MOTA, Nutrition – Farming for Healthy Future, Community Health, PATCH, STARTALK, Hepatitis B clinic, Family Wellness Circle, Asian Heritage Month