March 10-16 was AmeriCorps Week in New Hampshire, per proclamation of the Governor. We were proud to celebrate our members and uplift the work of our programs throughout that week and continuing forward into the rest of the month.

On Wednesday, March 13th, we gathered members together at the State House in Concord to hear from local elected officials, participate in a panel on civic engagement, and take a tour of the building. In the morning, we were presented with a commendation from House Speaker Sherman Packard to mark the AmeriCorps 30th anniversary. We also heard from Welcome Center director Virginia Drew, Representatives Wilhelm and Wallner, Anne Ostberg from the AmeriCorps Regional Office, and Gabe Paci from the Volunteer NH Board of Directors. In the afternoon we were joined by three incredible panelists who discussed the importance of civic engagement: Representative Damond Ford (Manchester), Senator Shannon Chandley (District 11), and Concord Mayor Byron Champlin.

 

The day’s events concluded with members engaging in reflection activities on  topics of life after AmeriCorps, local resource sharing and by providing service to area nonprofits. Volunteer NH partnered with local organizations Darbster Dog in Chichester, Make –A-Wish in Hooksett, and the Crisis Center of Central NH in Concord.

Engaging our Federal Delegation

Congressman Chris Pappas visited Henry Wilson Elementary School and met with the City Year New Hampshire (CYNH) members who serve there. The first stop of the visit was the 5thgrade classroom of Selena Sheehy, who is also a CYNH alumnus. Her students had the opportunity to greet Congressman Pappas and ask him questions. Next was a roundtable with current CYNH members Hope Bowen, Grace Madigan, Maddy Lund, and Yokasta Lopez, as well as Principal Paula Jones. Finally, Congressman Pappas got to sit in on AmeriCorps Member Grace Madigan’s reading group as an example of the service CYNH’s members provide for their students.

This was a great opportunity for AmeriCorps members to share their firsthand experience of serving in a school, what their day-to-day schedule is like, and to share the tremendous impact that they are making in their community.

On March 27th, Senator Maggie Hassan came to the Squam Lakes Association and met with Lakes Region Conservation Corps members to hear about their service. She also toured the construction site of their updated office building and community space.  She told members, “whether you stay or go, find a way to engage in your own community.” 

Congresswoman Annie Kuster was unable to visit, but she sent a staffer to the Volunteer NH offices to discuss national service priorities, focusing on our State Service Plan. Senator Jeanne Shaheen sent a heartfelt letter which was read to members ahead of the civic engagement panel. We are so grateful to our federal delegation for staying involved in AmeriCorps and national service.

To learn more about AmeriCorps programs in New Hampshire, or to discover opportunities available to you as an AmeriCorps alum, visit https://servelearnearn-nh.org/.