AmeriCorps Members Answer the Call to Service in Rural Alaska
AmeriCorps Members Take Oath of Service
The Rural Alaska Community Action Program, Inc. (RurAL CAP) announces 35 new AmeriCorps Members from rural Alaska will participate in a one-year oath of service ceremony to implement local solutions to community issues. Nita Madsen, Executive Director of Serve Alaska (formerly Alaska State Community Service Commission), will conduct a Graduation and Oath of Service Ceremony honoring AmeriCorps Members for their pledge of “Getting Things Done”. The ceremony also marks the graduation of AmeriCorps Members who have completed their one-year term of national service work in Alaska.
RurAL CAP AmeriCorps Members are recruited locally from the rural communities in which they live. They address community issues and implement local solutions to those concerns through education, training and direct services that improve health, education, and environmental conditions. The 2011 RurAL CAP AmeriCorps and VISTA Members recruited nearly 4,351 volunteers who contributed 25,335 hours of service by participating in health, wellness and environmental activities. One group of AmeriCorps Members successfully diverted 170,000 pounds of solid waste from local landfills through recycling and backhauling projects.
Program Guests and 35 AmeriCorps Members
· Keynote address by Gary Ferguson, ND, Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium
· Oath of Service Led by Nita Madsen, Executive Director, Serve Alaska
The ceremony was to take place Thursday, January 19, 2012, at the Anchorage Marriott Downtown.