AmeriCorps Week 2023 Celebrates Millions of Americans who Unite in Service
The annual week-long celebration of AmeriCorps members, alumni, AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers and programs began March 12
WASHINGTON, DC—March 12-18, AmeriCorps, the federal agency for national service and volunteerism, celebrates AmeriCorps Week, and the millions of Americans who unite through service to address their communities most urgent needs. The annual celebration, observed the second full week of March, recognizes the more than 1.2 million Americans who have chosen to serve their country through AmeriCorps programs as well as thousands of AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers.
AmeriCorps members and volunteers have helped manage COVID-19 response, ensured students stay on track to graduate, combatted hunger and homelessness, responded to natural disasters, fought the opioid epidemic, helped seniors live independently, supported veterans and military families, and more over the past year.
For decades, AmeriCorps alumni, members and volunteers have become the next generation’s thought leaders, innovators and change-makers in global corporations, national social good organizations and public service fields. President Biden called upon Americans to unite through national service and volunteerism during the United We Stand Summit to counter the corrosive effects of hate-fueled violence on our democracy and public safety, putting forward a shared vision for a more united America that begins with service to others.
Over the past year, AmeriCorps programs have doubled down on and made marked progress to make service more accessible:
- AmeriCorps Seniors launched two first-of-their-kind grant opportunities which invest in the 55+ workforce and tribal-serving organizations that offer older adult volunteer programs.
- AmeriCorps VISTA awarded more than $2 million to help organizations address the impact of hunger in their state and find innovative ways to end hunger nationwide.
- AmeriCorps State and National made a record-breaking $580 million investment to more than 340 organizations focused on meeting the most pressing needs of communities nationwide.
- AmeriCorps Disaster Response Teams and AmeriCorps NCCC are actively responding to communities affected by Hurricane Ian, Hurricane Fiona and Missouri flooding, among other disasters.
“Across the country, AmeriCorps members and AmeriCorps Senior volunteers continue to come together to bring hope, healing and possibility to communities when they need it most,” said AmeriCorps CEO Michael D. Smith. “Not only do our members and volunteers have a transformational impact in our schools, community centers, food banks and great outdoors – but for decades, our alumni also have become the next generation’s innovators and change-makers in academia, global corporations, national social good organizations and public service fields. I’m grateful for the thousands of Americans – from elected officials to grateful neighbors – who will stand up this week and recognize the profound contribution of AmeriCorps members and AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers.”
This week, Smith travels to AmeriCorps program sites and celebrate the achievements of members and volunteers across the nation. As the country’s Chief Service Officer, he also will lead national activities throughout the week:
- Monday, March 13
AmeriCorps CEO in Phoenix, Ariz.
Nationally: #AmeriThanks Social Storm. Be a part of the storm by sharing our #AmeriThanks Social Storm post from your Twitter, Facebook and Instagram account.
- Tuesday, March 14
AmeriCorps CEO in Provo, Utah
Nationally: Mayors Day, with local and state officials invited to issue proclamations declaring AmeriCorps Week.
- Wednesday, March 15
Salt Lake City, Utah
- Thursday, March 16
AmeriCorps CEO in Atlanta, Ga.
Nationally: Day of the “A”. Current members, volunteers and supporters are invited to show off their AmeriCorps gear by sharing on social media.
- Friday, March 17
AmeriCorps CEO in Atlanta, Ga.
For more information about events, Mayors Day, “Day of the A” and ways to celebrate, visit AmeriCorps.gov/AmeriCorpsWeek.
This AmeriCorps Week, AmeriCorps celebrates the millions of Americans ages 18 to 55+, who have served with AmeriCorps and AmeriCorps Seniors programs. In nearly 40,000 locations right now, more than 200,000 people serve as members or volunteers across all 50 states and territories. To join the celebration, follow AmeriCorps on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and join the conversation by sharing pictures and stories on Twitter, using #AmeriCorpsWeek.