AmeriCorps, the National Civilian Community Corps started by President Clinton, offers 75,000 opportunities for adults of all ages and backgrounds to serve their country through a network of partnerships with local and national nonprofit groups. AmeriCorps members address critical needs in communities all across America.
For example, AmeriCorps members:
- Tutor and mentor disadvantaged youth
- Fight illiteracy
- Improve health services
- Build affordable housing
- Teach computer skills
- Clean parks and streams
- Manage or operate after-school programs
- Help communities respond to disasters
- Build organizational capacity
This year AmeriCorps will provide more than 320 Vermont citizens the opportunity to provide service in communities across Vermont. And before they embark on their year long assignments, AmeriCorps volunteers spend a day at High 5.
Our day consists of a variety of activities designed to help the group make friendships, discover commonalities and differences and form a bond that will last throughout their tenure as AmeriCorps volunteers. This day has become one of the highlights of our fall season as it is a day rich in meaning and purpose and leaves both the AmeriCorps volunteers and the High 5 staff with a great sense of pride and satisfaction.