AmeriCorps Week 2019

Welcome to our favorite time of the year! March 10-16, 2019 AmeriCorps Week 2019 (March 10-16, 2019) is a celebration of all things AmeriCorps – from the programs and organizations that make this national service initiative possible in thousands of locations, to the members who have pledged to “Get Things Done” since the program’s inception in 1994. This year,  we’re aiming to use it to the max!

The InterCorps Council of MN (ICC) has a goal to share our love for all our members, and we’ve packed the week with fun events and opportunities to win a prize. Read below for information on our events this year!

Sunday: Our goal for Sunday this year is for everyone to practice self care. As AmeriCorps members, it’s easy to burn the candle at both ends and become worn out - so take a day to relax and do what you enjoy! You can share your favorite post-service activities with the hashtag #selfcaresunday.

Monday: On Monday we’re keeping our service strong by inviting members to volunteer with House of Charity to serve food to local individuals experiencing homelessness.

Tuesday: After gaining some first-hand knowledge of the housing crisis in Minnesota and meeting individuals in the homeless community, we’re going to take a night to learn about Homelessness and Health from some panelists working to fight homelessness in the Twin Cities. Participants will also have the option to help make care packages for shelters!

Wednesday: As part of CNCS’ #DayoftheA encouraging members and alumni to wear their gear and post on social media, we’re having a photo scavenger hunt in which an individual or team can win a fabulous prize we put together with the help of our generous donation providers! Did we mention it’s not just for metro members? We also found a few greater Minnesota locations members can compete for!

Thursday: Since our theme for the week is surrounding the housing/homeless crisis in Minnesota, we’re continuing on this trend by spending a day volunteering with Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity and assisting in the mission to provide affordable housing in the metro.

Friday: What is one of our core passions as AmeriCorps members? That’s right, education! Help Reading Partners as Tutors for a Day at Anishinabe Academy.

Saturday: The final day we’re bringing everyone together with a dodgeball tournament! Teams at a max of ten can compete for another prize provided by generous organizations, so bring in your cohort and alumni and put on your game face! Without a group of ten members? Never fear! We will also be assembling teams for any individuals who email us that they are interested in having a mixed team!

AmeriCorps Week is a great opportunity to make new national service friends and share our important story across new networks. As part of this year’s festivities, CNCS will also focus on how AmeriCorps has transformed lives and communities. Keep watching our social media as we share just how much of an impact we can make when we come together.

We’re also keeping the #continuingservicemn challenge open through AmeriCorps Week as members share their own personal impact for this special week of AmeriCorps celebration.

Thank you all, and we can’t wait to see you during AmeriCorps Week!

If you’re doing something outside of what the ICC is hosting, feel free to share it with us so we can let others know!