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United Way Celebrates 2016 AmeriCorps Week

Every day, AmeriCorps members across the country support United Way’s efforts to help individuals and families achieve their human potential through education, financial stability and healthy lives. In celebration of the more than 75,000 AmeriCorps members working to improve the conditions in communities where they serve and live, it is my privilege during AmeriCorps Week to highlight just a few examples of how United Way and AmeriCorps are working together.

In Saginaw, Michigan, AmeriCorps members serving with United Way of Saginaw County’s Healthy Kids Healthy Futures Partnership are educating parents about healthy eating and encouraging youth to be more physically active and less likely to engage in risk-taking behavior.

United Way Education AmeriCorps VISTA members from Hartford, Connecticut to Tacoma, Washington are helping pave the way for more high school graduates by connecting the talent and expertise of volunteer readers, tutors and mentors to individuals and families struggling with poverty. 

And in South Burlington, Vermont, the United Way of Chittenden County, like dozens of other United Ways nationwide, engage individuals 55 and older in meaningful volunteer opportunities that match their skills, experience, and schedule through the AmeriCorps Foster Grandparents and Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP).

These stories -- and the many other great partnerships between United Way and AmeriCorps -- are a testament to how much more we can accomplish when we join together to advance the common good. This week, I invite you to consider reaching out to thank AmeriCorps members and alums for their service and share your story of how #AmeriCorpsWorks in your community on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

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