Hey y’all…it’s first ever National Americorps Week!
What is Americorps Week all about, you ask? (C’mon, you know you were dying to ask.), Well, according to www.americorpalums.org:
AmeriCorps Week is a weeklong, nationwide event designed to bring more Americans into service, salute AmeriCorps members and alums for their powerful impact, and thank the community partners who make AmeriCorps possible…The first ever AmeriCorps Week is scheduled for May 13-20, 2007 and will mark a historic milestone as the 500,000th AmeriCorps member will take the pledge to “get things done for America.”
Sounds spiffy to me! Usually, if Americorps has any “celebration” it means we celebrate by busting our tails doing some sort of community service (kinda like how Mom always has to bake – and clean up after – her own birthday cake). But not this week, no siree. It’s our turn to have some fun. A sentiment I wholeheartedly endorse.
So, what’s going on for Americorps Week?
Why, an Alumni membership drive, that’s what! Americorps Alums is trying to boost Alumni membership registrants – and has spiffed up their membership site with bunches of new benefits and some new membership levels – so if you’re a current or past Americorps member, now is a great time to register as an Alumni.
But that’s not all! They’ve got a page of special eCards that alumni can send out commemorating this week, and to thank their Americorps partners who make it all possible. I’ll be sending out a few of those myself this week. They’re also featuring Americorps Members of the Week, sending out tons of press releases and so on. It’s a real shindig, Americorps style.
So, if you’ve been looking for a good excuse to get further involved in Americorps (or get re-involved, if it’s been a while since you were in), now’s the time to head on over to Americorps Alums and get yourself registered. And tell them Soni Pitts sent you – they’re giving away iPods and stuff, fer cryin out loud.
More Americorps Week linky goodness: Americorps Week Information, downloads and assorted nifty stuff from the Americorps.org site.