to engage and educate key decision makersabout the value and impact o national service.AmeriCorps Alums are the best advocates orthe program because they speak rst handabout the experience and the benets, not onlyor the person serving but or the communitiesbeing served.
Elections come and go but the workto promote and engage leadersabout the importance of national andcommunity service never ends.
To get involved with your local ServeNextNetwork or to apply or Field Corps 2011 visitwww.servenext.org or contact Jerry Saavedraat firstname.lastname@example.org.AmeriCorps Alums no longer chargesmembership dues to be a part oAmeriCorps Alums. Rather, we hope ourvalue speaks or itsel and inspires ouralumni and riends to be a “sponsor” bydonating $25 or more. A special git, whether $25, $250 or$1000, will help AmeriCorps Alums toconnect, equip and engage the nationalservice alumni network a hal a millionstrong and growing rapidly.
KICK OFF 2011 WITH A COMMITMENT TO SERVICE
At AmeriCorps Alums we value yourservice. We believe you are a member othe alum community as soon as you nishyour rst term o National Service, so weare making a change!
2010: A YEAR OF
AmeriCorps Alums has been working hardthis past year to provide service events andsupport to Alums across the country. Checkout what we’ve been up to!
10,000 Volunteer Hours, 49 Projects
“Give A Day, Get a Day”
created 30,000 volunteer slotsand 3,000 projects across the country
Pepsi Reresh Campaign:
Alums placed 43 out of400 in the $50,000 category
Eli Segal Award
given to Arianne McGinnis andElliot McGann of Hope Grows Farm
Lietime o Service Blog:
57 blog articles by 14 different Alums
50+ Ofcial Alums Chapters!
In these pressing times, national service isplaying a critical role in addressing many oour country’s biggest challenges. However,with unpredictable political winds and everdiminishing resources, it is urgent now morethan ever that the service eld comes togetherto engage key decision makers about the valueand impact o service.With that goal in mind, ServeNext.org,ounded by two Alums, launched a bold newprogram—
— and kicked o itsinaugural class o organizers in August 2010.ServeNext selected 10 people (ve o whichare AmeriCorps Alums!) in 10 dierent strategiclocations across the country (
Denver, NewOrleans, Miami, Chicago, Mt. Pleasant, DesMoines, Fayetteville, Charlotte, Las Vegas,and San Francisco
).The goal o ServeNext’s Field Corps is to builda local network o service stakeholders andsupporters and to mobilize these networks
MLK Day Service Projects:
With the start o a new Congress in Januaryo 2011, there is no more important time toadvocate or issues that aect AmeriCorps andAmeriCorps Alums. Let your voice be heardto keep the momentum o the national servicemoving orward.
We are half a million strong and growing.
Our experience on the ront lines o America’sgreatest challenges and our commitment toservice in 500,000+ communities across thecountry give us a unique role in Washington.
In the coming year, we will be focusing onthree critical policy developments:
The continued implementation of theEdward M. Kennedy Serve America Act
withthe anticipated growth in AmeriCorps, targetedto specic issue areas such as education,health, veterans, and clean energy.
Update rom Capitol Hill
AmeriCorps Alums creates a sustainableorce or positive change in America’scommunities by empowering alumni withthe tools and resources they need or alietime o civic leadership.AmeriCorps Alums does not receive anyederal unding rom AmeriCorps. Eachyear as a nonprot we need to raise ourown unds; we rely on individual gits as30% o our revenue stream.
BECOME A SERVICE SPONSOR
1. Go Direct!
Donate by check or credit card. Return theenclosed reply card and know that 100%o your donation goes directly to supportingservice in hundreds o communities.
2. Donate Online
To make an online donation by credit card,please visit www.americorpsalums.org andclick the “Donations” link. It’s quick and easy!
3. Be a Service Sponsor!
Pledge a Yearly Amount o just $25 or moreand become a Service Sponsor. Please seeour website to start your sponsorship.
4. Visit Ebay
You can pick us as your avorite nonproton Ebay! For more details, log on towww.ebay.com/americorpsalums.
Share this with your amily, riends andcoworkers! Many businesses and organizationswill match donations dollar or dollar.
6. Give Your Time
Contact your local chapter and see whatvolunteer opportunities are available. Don’thave a local chapter? Start one! Log on towww.americorpsalums.org or more inormationon how to start a chapter in your town!
7. Show Your Pride
Buy AmeriCorps Alums gear atamericorpsalumsstore.com and 50% o yourpurchase goes straight to AmeriCorps Alums!
8. Connect with us!
Tell us what you are doing, share your storieso service and let us know what big plans youhave in 2011!
Shout out to theAustin Chapteror the bestAmeriCorpsWeek 2010celeb guest:it’s CONAN!
The exclusion of the Eli Segal AmeriCorpseducation
award rom income or purposes oederal taxes.•
Pilot funding for the National ServiceReserve Corps.
The Corps was created in theServe America Act but has not been unded byCongress to date.The constituency o ormer AmeriCorps mem-bers is a powerul tool or continued engage-ment and impact on an unprecedented scale.Alums oers a clear pipeline or eective civicleadership and is a uniying advocacy agentor national service programs. Join us as AmeriCorps Alums continues to playa critical role in support o ull unding o theServe America Act and in building awarenesso and support or national service. At a timeo both economic uncertainty and strugglingcommunities, the voice o Alums in Washingtoncould not be more vital. by Jerry Saavedra
ServeNext’s 2010 Field Corps members in Washington D.C.
by Julie Murphy,Senior Director o Government Aairs,Points o Light Institute
St. Louis, New Orleans, Bualo, Maine,Detroit, Southern Arizona, SW Pennsylvania,Quad Cities, Develop U and buildOn.
To be a Service Sponsor, you must pledgea yearly donation o at least $25, whichwill go directly towards providing Alumswith service opportunities and promotingcivic engagement across the country.
What this means:
• FREE registration• Access to all the sections o our website• You are a part o the Alums communityuntil you choose not to be—no moreexpired memberships!
As a Sponsor you will receive:
• A heartelt thank you!• Your git is tax deductible• Exclusive AmeriCorps Alums Gear• Special Sponsors only event invitations!Please see the enclosed reply orm or logonto our website to become a servicesponsor. Help us make 2011 anotherexciting year o service!
Stay engaged in the service movement: pledge a yearly amount!
8 Ways to Contribute
Your contribution to AmeriCorps Alums will change lives!
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