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Posted: Monday, March 31, 2014 10:16 pm

Pima Community College’s Adult Education AmeriCorps program will participate in the eighth annual AmeriCorps Week, a series of events highlighting service to our community.

The events include the Mayor’s Day of Recognition for national service, a citywide share fair of national service programs such as AmeriCorps State and National, AmeriCorps VISTA, Senior Corps, and a book restoration project with Reading Seed.

“Our AmeriCorps members have done an incredible job.  It’s only right to recognize them for their dedication and hard work,” said MaryAnn Phininzy, PCC’s AmeriCorps Program coordinator.  “Without their time and energy it wouldn’t be possible to accomplish all of the goals of the organization.”

The eighth annual AmeriCorps Week, AmeriCorps Works, communicates the value and effectiveness of AmeriCorps Members service while providing an opportunity for a variety of service projects in many different contexts.  AmeriCorps Week demonstrates the triple return on investment of AmeriCorps service -- for the recipients of service, the people who serve, and the larger community and nation.

Since PCC’s AmeriCorps program was launched in 1994, more than 181 AmeriCorps members have taken the AmeriCorps pledge to “get things done for America,” serving in excess of 370,000 hours to improve the lives of citizens and strengthen our community.

AmeriCorps, which allows American from all walks of life to participate in providing services that fulfill crucial needs in the areas of education, health, public safety and the environment, is a federal program created under President Clinton by the National and Community Service Trust Act of 1993, which built on the first National Service Act signed by President H.W. Bush in 1990.

Since the program’s founding in 1994, more than 800,000 AmeriCorps members have contributed more than 1 billion hours of service in America while tackling pressing problems and mobilizing millions of volunteers for the organizations they serve.

In Tucson, AmeriCorps will mark the week with three special events which are open to the public:

April 1:  AmeriCorps VISTA member Adair Brown will be the first recipient to receive Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild’s National Service Award.  The event takes place from 10 – 11 a.m., at the Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 101 N. Stone Ave. 

Members from AmeriCorps, AmeriCorps VISTA and Senior Corps from Southern Arizona also are hosting a share fair, 1 – 4 p.m. at The University of Arizona Alumni Association Plaza, 1111 N. Cherry Ave.  Learn how each program is impacting our community.   

April 4:  PCC AmeriCorps members will help Reading Seed restore donated, gently used books, 1 – 4 p.m., at 1920 E. Silverlake Rd. #207.

Arizona’s Adult Education programs are ranked number two by the U.S. Department of Education.  PCC’S Adult Education program is the second largest program in the state, serving one in three adult education students in Arizona.  Each year, PCC Adult Education helps more than 6,000 adult students improve basic literacy and math skills, learn English, prepare to earn a GED and get ready for community college or vocational training.  Learn more about Pima’s Adult Education programs and services on the PCC Adult Education webpage and Facebook.

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