Public Spirit February 2011

What you’ll find in this month’s edition

  • My Corps Values–Submissions wanted!
  • Not enough time in the day?  Here are 12 Steps to Time Management.
  • More ways to save money!  Think you already know all the ways to live frugally?  What about your energy bill?  Getting food support without food stamps?  Much more inside!
  • ICC and AmeriCorps members tackle hunger: Hunger Heroes 2011
  • ICC Movie Night and Book Club–coming this spring!

My Corps Values–Submissions Wanted!

The My Corps Values Project


The service of an AmeriCorps member can have a powerful, positive impact on the community.  Likewise, the service experience can have a powerful, positive impact on the life of an AmeriCorps member.  The My Corps Values Project seeks to engage former and current AmeriCorps members to creatively express the impact their national service experience has had on them.  It is an opportunity to share what personal values have developed through your AmeriCorps service experience.  The collected works of AmeriCorps members from throughout Minnesota will be displayed at a showing on Friday, May 20th, during AmeriCorps Week.


Both former and current AmeriCorps members are invited to submit pieces (and attend the showings during AmeriCorps Week).


All pieces should seek to answer or explore the question, “How has your national service experience with AmeriCorps impacted your identity and values?”

Pieces can take various formats, including but not limited to

·         Poetry

·         Spoken word

·         Essay

·         Audio

·         Video

·         Photography

·         Painting

·         Sculpture

·         Mixed media

In submitting a piece, please keep in mind that you are representing AmeriCorps, so please do not do anything that you couldn’t do as a Corps member.  It is not guaranteed that all submissions will be chosen, though accommodation will be made for as many submissions as possible.


Prior to submitting a piece, please complete the submission proposal in accordance with the instructions on the following page.  Proposals will be used to ensure your idea fits the submission guidelines.  If your proposal does not fit the guidelines, you will be notified as to why so that you may submit an appropriately refined proposal.  Once your proposal is reviewed, you will be contacted to discuss the best way to submit your project based on your location and submission format.

  • Submission proposals are being accepted now until April 1st.  Send submission proposals via email at, ATTN: Laura Stone. Please put proposal in the subject line.
  • Completed submissions are due by April 17th.
  • The showings will take place on Friday, May 20th, during AmeriCorps Week (May 14th—20th).  Time and location are TBD.

‘My Corps Values’ Project Proposal Requirements

Please submit the following information to Laura Stone at

Full Name:

Email address:

AmeriCorps program and location (ex. AmeriCorps VISTA, Minnesota Literacy Council, St. Paul MN):

Brief description of:

1).        Who you are

2).        Your service experience

3).        What you are up to now (AmeriCorps alumni)


What you plan to do after your service year (currently serving members)


Submission description (3 to 6 sentences):

Approximate size proportions (if applicable):

Approximate duration (if applicable):

Names of all other project members (if working as a group):

Note: Each project member must submit a completed proposal

Questions?  Concerns?  Email the ICC at

For more information about the InterCorps Council of Minnesota, check out our website:

For more information about AmeriCorps Week 2011, please visit:

Not Enough Time In The Day?  Here Are 12 Steps To Time Management.

 12 Steps to Time Management

1.      Set goals. Make a list of specific attainable goals, both personal and professional, and set deadlines for reaching them. Review goals monthly.

2.      Make lists. Create a daily to-do list for your work style. Create a system to identify urgent, important and “if there’s time” priorities items on the list. Start with urgent items.

3.      Be realistic. For an eight hour day, plan for six hours of accomplishments.

4.      Get organized. Get a daybook, buy one or make one with a calendar and note pad, to create a central headquarters for your schedules and lists.

5.      Include “Me” time. Write yourself in for appointments and keep them. Block out time for reflection and other activities to recharge: sports, reading, hobbies, etc.

6.      A place for everything. Put something where it belongs and it’s always there. If you don’t know where it belongs, decide right away.

7.      Delegate. Decide what others are able and willing to do, and ask for help if you need it.

8.      Learn how to say no sometimes. Promise yourself to decline demands upon your time. Practice this if it is difficult for you. Set a limit of how many “got-a-minute?” requests you will entertain each day.

9.     Cluster. Arrange similar tasks to do at once, or those that need to be done in the same place and go there once.

10.   Effective rather than efficient. Effectiveness is the right thing at the right time, not the wrong thing quickly.

11.  Start small. Some call it “chunking,” taking one big goal and downsizing it into smaller doses. Keep your to-do list detailed so daily activities add up to the larger goalover time.

12.  Quality rather than quantity. Fewer meaningful experiences in a day are more valuable than a slew of blurred memories.

This article was originally published on the AmeriCorps*VISTA Campus,

More Ways To Save Money!  Think You Already Know All The Ways To Live Frugally?  What About Your Energy Bill?  Getting Food Support Without Food Stamps?  Much More Inside!

Oprah Winfrey wrote, “Use what you have to run towards your best – that’s how I now live my life.”   In my last article, I talked about how you should try to live on the AmeriCorps budget.  I’d like to continue with that to show you how to how you can ‘use what you have’ to live a better life.

We already know about food stamps and that, if we’re living on our own, they are a necessity.  However, something that we were not told about is Angel Food.  For low-income people, like ourselves, we can qualify to purchase food from various host sites.  The Angel Food website states:

“Angel Food is available in a quantity that can fit into a medium-sized box at $30 per unit. Each month’s menu is different than the previous month and consists of both fresh and frozen items with an average retail value of approximately $60.”

Click on this site to find out more, and sign up for Angel Food:

Another thing that AmeriCorps members qualify for is LIHEAP, or Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program.  Even though winter is coming to an end, we can still apply for this program that will help pay for our heating and electric bills.  It can reduce your heating bill by up to 50% for a couple of months if you’re within one of several heating companies districts.

Click on this site to find out if you qualify:

There are many other ways you can put your AmeriCorps status to work, you just need to look around.  But it doesn’t end with your year(s) of service.  The AmeriCorps Alumni website makes sure to keep its former members well aware of the different discounts they can get.

Click here to see the deals you can get after you fulfill your service:

Also, check the ICC of MN out on Facebook to discuss other deals you can apply for!!/pages/InterCorps-Council-of-Minnesota/109884052410740

ICC And AmeriCorps Members Tackle Hunger: Hunger Heroes 2011

On January 17th, more than 150 AmeriCorps members across the state honored the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by participating in service projects organized or supported by the InterCorps Council of Minnesota.  Five of those individuals took matters into their own hands by volunteering to be a Hunger Hero.

Hunger Heroes, a new project of the InterCorps Council of Minnesota, provides AmeriCorps members with the opportunity to participate in service days, regardless of their proximity to an organized service project.  The Hunger Heroes project provides AmeriCorps members with the tools, framework, and support they need to successfully launch their own service project, tackling hunger in the communities where they live and serve.

Connie Matz, a member of the Minnesota Reading Corps, tackled hunger in her community by organizing a neighborhood food drive.  Together with her two children, Connie created collection bags and distributed them in her neighborhood.  She collected 40 pounds of food that she donated to the Clearwater Area Food Shelf.

Another member of the Minnesota Reading Corps, Michelle Olson, helped fight hunger in her community by preparing and delivering meals to seniors in her community who do not receive Meals on Wheels, a project that she will continue even beyond MLK Day of Service.  Meanwhile, Lindsey Giaquinto and Cia Guglielmina, also of the Minnesota Reading Corps, organized a two-week food and fund drive to support their local branch of Second Harvest Heartland.

The InterCorps Council of Minnesota applauds the initiative and commitment demonstrated by the Hunger Heroes volunteers.  These individuals were able to independently organize meaningful projects that truly made a difference in Minnesota.  Encouraged by their success, will offer a similar opportunity to AmeriCorps members during AmeriCorps Week.

ICC Movie Night And Book Club–Coming This Spring!

Movie Night and Book Club

The Social and Networking Committee of the ICC would like you all to save the date!

Movie Night  

The Lottery by Madeleine Sackler–A documentary that explores the struggles of four families from Harlem and the Bronx as their children are entered into the charter school lottery system.  Read more about the film:
3/29, 7pm-9:30pm
Reading Corps meeting room
2400 Park Ave S, MPLS 55404

Other People’s Children: Cultural Conflict in the Classroom by Lisa Delpit
4/12, 7pm-8:30pm
Overflow Cafe
2929 University Ave, Minneapolis 55414

Do you have ideas of books or movies that YOU want to read/see and discuss?!  Share your ideas on our Facebook Page or tweet your heart out.