On Monday, April 3, Mayor Steve Adler greeted hundreds of eager AmeriCorps members at the front steps of the Texas State Capitol Building to offer his support for the national service program.
The Literacy Coalition's team of AmeriCorps service members joined in on the activities and were thanked for their valuable service, addressing critical needs in our community.
Seeded in community-based service, the Literacy Coalition's Texas Family Literacy AmeriCorps program recruits and places over 40 national service members a year into nonprofits in Austin and Houston to teach English as a Second Language, Adult Basic Education, early-childhood literacy, parenting and GED preparation. The Literacy Coalition's AmeriCorps VISTA Initiative, placed 26 national service members into nonprofits across Texas last year, seeking to build organizational capacity through program evaluation, grant writing, fundraising and outreach activities.
The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS)—which administers AmeriCorps—leads this annual effort in collaboration with local government officials, aiming to educate the community about the many benefits their services provide.
As the federal agency for service and volunteering, CNCS annually engages millions of citizens in service at 3,200 location sites across the state, through AmeriCorps and other service programs. For more information about CNCS, visit their website.
At the state level, AmeriCorps aims to help the 3,700 members by giving them the opportunity to provide intensive, results-driven service to meet education, environmental, health, economic, and other pressing needs in communities.
The annual event has continued to gain support from a bipartisan group of mayors and county officials, with the number of participants growing four-fold since its inception in 2013. Those participating, including city, county, and tribal leaders, represent 194 million Americans, or nearly two-thirds of the U.S. population.