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Gov. Polis Proclaims March 10-16 as AmeriCorps Week

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In recognition of the dedicated service of AmeriCorps members statewide, Gov. Jared Polis issued the following gubernatorial proclamation on March 10, 2019. Lt. Gov. Dianne Primavera also read the proclamation for our social media, you can what the video here.

WHEREAS, AmeriCorps provides opportunities for nearly 75,000 Americans to serve their country through an intensive commitment to service at nonprofits, schools, public agencies, and community and faith-based groups all across the country, and

WHEREAS, AmeriCorps enriches the lives of its members, building habits that create engaged citizens who are active participants in civic matters affecting their communities long after their service terms are completed, and

WHEREAS, AmeriCorps members encourage collaboration and partnerships, leveraging millions of volunteers in service and acquiring the support of business partners to increase the effectiveness of their initiatives, and

WHEREAS, in Colorado, more than 2,600 AmeriCorps members of various ages and backgrounds helped to meet local needs at more than 400 locations in the State last year by tutoring or mentoring children and youth, supporting veterans and military families, combating the opioid epidemic, restoring the environment, and responding to disasters, and

WHEREAS, since AmeriCorps was founded in 1994, more than 35,000 AmeriCorps members in Colorado have served approximately 34 million hours and qualified for the Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards totaling $87 million, and

WHEREAS, in September 2019, the nation will mark the 25th anniversary of AmeriCorps, saluting the more than 1 million Americans who have taken the pledge to "Get Things Done" for America, and

WHEREAS, AmeriCorps Week is an opportunity to recognize the dedication and commitment of the more than 1 million Americans who have chosen to serve their country through AmeriCorps and their community partners, and to encourage more Americans to follow their footsteps in service,

THEREFORE, I, Jared Polis, Governor of the State of Colorado, do hereby proclaim the period between March 10th, 2019 and March 16th, 2019 as AmeriCorps Week in the State of Colorado.