Service Projects & Events: Days of Service
National events and days of service are an important part of the AmeriCorps program year. The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) spearheads efforts each year to encourage Americans to volunteer for National Days of Service in their communities, for example Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service and September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance nationally and the Russ Mawby Signature Service Project statewide.
AmeriCorps members are expected to create or get involved with existing celebrations in their service communities.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’” Against what seemed like impossible odds, Dr. King made an enduring impact on an entire nation. One way to honor Dr. King is through service and volunteering in our communities. AmeriCorps members are asked to join or organize a community-wide event with the help of community volunteers to highlight all SR2H partner organizations’ impact in the community.
Regional Russ Mawby Signature Service Projects
A tremendous advocate for youth and volunteer service. Dr. Russ Mawby spent the majority of his career leading the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. While serving as CEO and chair, Dr. Mawby was instrumental in convening a series of meetings leading to the formation of the Michigan Community Service Commission (MCSC). Michigan hosts over 800 AmeriCorps members, who serve at 300 sites across the state and are overseen by the MCSC. Most days, members focus on their specific mission, but on one day each year, members gather regionally for a day of service in celebration of Dr. Mawby. This day of intensive service demonstrates the power of Michigan’s AmeriCorps members in action.
September 11th National Day of Service & Remembrance
In the days, weeks, and months following the tragedy of September 11, 2001, Americans joined together to lift each other up, help our neighbors heal, and make our country stronger. Each year we pay tribute to those we lost by recapturing our patriotic duty to serve others through volunteering and service and ask all to remember that even a small act of service is a giant act of patriotism. AmeriCorps Members are asked to join and/or organize September 11th Day of Service projects in their host community.