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Life After AmeriCorps event provides opportunities for the future

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Graduating AmeriCorps members had the opportunity to interact with local non-profit organizations and social-service businesses at the annual Life After AmeriCorp event. The event was hosted at the AmeriCorps campus in the former All-Saints Episcopal School on Thursday.

The day was organized into three parts. First, community members, state leaders and businesses offered a 45-minute training workshop or breakout sessions to small groups of members in classroom settings. Following the sessions, members could participate in an Opportunities Fair to talk with a certain organization or business about the future after their AmeriCorp commitments end.

In total, 18 organizations, including local and state government agencies, nonprofit and volunteer groups, and branches of the military participated in the day-long event.

United Way Executive Director, Michele Connelly ended the day with closing remarks to the more than 200 member organizations about heroism and self-reflection.

“This day is one of my favorite days of the year,” Connelly said. “I must say, I am extremely humbled by being in front of such a remarkable group of young leaders. They were all simply born to go out and do great things.”

AmeriCorps offers a variety of service opportunities, from the classroom to the outdoors and everything in between. The organization’s mission invites individuals to find their passion and choose to serve. AmeriCorps gives its members the opportunity to be the greater good and live out their motto; “Get things done.”

For more information, visit the AmeriCorps website.

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