With the celebration of the AmeriCorps 20th Anniversary during 2014, there is no designated AmeriCorps Week this year. Projects and events will be ongoing throughout the year, including the nationwide swearing-in ceremony held on Sept. 12, 2014.
Since the first class of AmeriCorps members began serving in 1994, more than 9,400 Kentucky residents have served more than 14 million hours and have qualified for Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards totaling more than $32.5 million.
AmeriCorps Week is a weeklong recruitment and recognition event designed to bring more Americans into service, salute AmeriCorps members and alums for their powerful impact and thank the community partners who make AmeriCorps possible.
AmeriCorps Week provides an opportunity for AmeriCorps members, alums, grantees, program partners, and friends to shine a spotlight on the work done by members in communities across the country – and to motivate more Americans to join AmeriCorps or volunteer in their communities.
During National AmeriCorps Week, AmeriCorps programs sponsor special volunteer events to say “thanks for the hospitality” to their host communities and to promote community service and volunteerism opportunities.
AmeriCorps Week is a time to salute AmeriCorps members and alums for their service, thank AmeriCorps community partners and communicate AmeriCorps impact on communities and on the lives of those who serve. Celebrated March 9-17, the theme was "AmeriCorps Works" to reflect AmeriCorps triple bottom line return on investment -- for the recipients of service, the people who serve and the larger community and nation.
Kentucky AmeriCorps programs participated in various projects and events including presentations on AmeriCorps, service projects, press releases, proclamations, supply drives and recruiting volunteers for local projects. Check out photos on the KCCVS Facebook page.
Watch a video about the 10 local Build-A-Bed projects organized by ATEAM and MSUCorps AmeriCorps programs on YouTube.
Learn more and see photos on the Build-A-Bed Facebook page.
Many of the Kentucky AmeriCorps programs were involved in regional builds and other projects to support the Build-A-Bed project that was the kick-off for 2010 AmeriCorps Week and the focus for the 2011 AmeriCorps Week, May 7-14, observance in Kentucky.
Build-A-Bed Update (May-June 2011)
Build-A-Bed photos on Flickr
Local build-a-bed project gets some tribal help (May 15, 2011)
Kentucky Guard hosts 3rd Annual Build-A-Bed Program at Boone Center (May 14, 2011)
May 11th Build-A-Bed: Richmond event
May 14th Build-A-Bed: Frankfort event
May 20th Build-A-Bed Roundtable: Morehead event
MSU Corps YouTube Video (March 15, 2011)
The fourth annual AmeriCorps Week took place May 8-15, 2010.
The national kickoff project for AmeriCorps Week, Build-A-Bed, the 24-hour bed building blitz, was a huge success. On May 8-9, nearly 1,000 volunteers built 545 beds for children in need.
Build-Blitz: Day 1*
Build-Blitz: Day 2*
ALL Build-A-Bed photos (KCCVS Flickr site)
Read the Lexington Herald-Leader news article, 545 beds for children built during blitz (May 10, 2010).
Read the press release, Volunteers Encouraged to Join Build-A-Bed Blitz for Children (May 5, 2010).
Watch the WHAS11 news clip from about Build-A-Bed (May 5, 2010).
Read the press release, Governor Beshear, First Lady Invite Volunteers to Join Service Project (April 14, 2010).
Governor Beshear has proclaimed May 8-15 as AmeriCorps Week in Kentucky. Check out the proclamation.
*Photos by David Bachert
Governor Steve Beshear proclaimed May 9-16 as AmeriCorps Week in Kentucky.
Read the CHFS press releases about Gov. Steve Beshear proclaiming AmeriCorps Week in Kentucky and about the AmeriCorps Week Build-A-Bed Project.
View the 2009 AmeriCorps Week Photo Gallery.
Read the Courier-Journal article about the Build-A-Bed project, Volunteers making beds for needy kids (May 13, 2009).
Read the Herald-Leader article about the Build-A-Bed project, Volunteers make new beds for poor children (May 20, 2009).
Read about MSU Corps' plans to celebrate AmeriCorps Week (May 4, 2009).