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Hayley Venturino
(740) 351-3059

March 10, 2020

This week Project BEAR will join hundreds of volunteers across Ohio to celebrate AmeriCorps Week (March 8-14) and the valuable contributions of the AmeriCorps members who pledged to “get things done” in their communities.

“We are proud to be part of AmeriCorps and grateful for our members who are promoting early literacy throughout Southern Ohio,” said Hayley Venturino, Project BEAR Coordinator. “Our members have made a significant impact on Ohio’s ability to meet so many local needs and AmeriCorps Week is a perfect opportunity to recognize their great work.”

AmeriCorps Week also honors the contributions and support of local organizations that make AmeriCorps programs possible. At SSU we currently have 12 AmeriCorps members serving in the community performing direct literacy instruction to over 600 students ages birth-age 5 in Scioto County.

Last year, more than 900 AmeriCorps members served at nearly 500 schools, nonprofits, community and faith-based organizations across Ohio dedicating more than 1.2 million hours of service. These members were awarded more than $4.2 million in education awards to use toward continued education or student loan repayment.

AmeriCorps service is a great learning experience. “During my time serving for Americorps, I have learned many things that will help me throughout my future career. It’s important that kids feel valued and welcomed in their learning environments. This is the most essential part in helping kids flourish in their learning settings.” Said Project BEAR Member Mckenzie England who is a Pre-Med/Biology student here at SSU.

AmeriCorps members serving in programs across the state have played a critical role in the recovery of local communities. They also tutor and mentor young people, connect veterans to jobs, care for seniors, reduce crime, fight the opioid epidemic, and meet other critical needs.

A growing body of research shows that service has an effect on more than just the communities served, but also on the members themselves. AmeriCorps alumni credit their service for developing leadership skills that bridges divides solves problems and opens doors to opportunities that advance their careers and education. In addition, research shows that alumni gain skills and are exposed to experiences that communities and employers find valuable.

AmeriCorps programming is administered locally by ServeOhio, the state’s Commission on Service and Volunteerism. To learn more about AmeriCorps, visit ServeOhio.org/AmeriCorps. To learn more about Project BEAR, contact Hayley Venturino at (740) 351-3059.

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