WASHINGTON — Americans across the country paused Monday to observe the annual federal holiday marking the birthday of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. While the holiday usually means the day off from work or school, many honored Dr. King by participating in the National Day of Service.
President Obama led by example Monday, during the national day of service.
"We just want to thank everybody here for the great work they do," he said.
This year AmeriCorps is celebrating its 20th Anniversary and SCA, having partnered with AmeriCorps since its inception, is celebrating 20 years of this amazing partnership! In 1994, SCA started the New Hampshire AmeriCorps program in Bear Brook State park. Today we have State AmeriCorps programs in NH, Mass, NY and Idaho; and support members nationally through our Ed Award program, our Veteran’s Fire Corps and our National Direct Stewardship Teams program which focuses on getting youth in the great outdoors. All totaled, SCA has ﬁelded over 19,000 AmeriCorps members in the past 20 years and we look forward to supporting many more in the years to come.
Every day in communities across America, AmeriCorps members are making a powerful impact on the most critical issues facing our nation. Whether improving schools, ﬁghting poverty, rebuilding after disasters, providing health services, preserving the environment, or supporting veterans and military families, AmeriCorps members are getting things done.
Since its inception, more than 820,000 men and women have taken the AmeriCorps pledge, serving more than 1 billion hours and improving the lives of countless Americans.
On September 12th, there will be a nationwide swearing-in ceremony, coupled with celebratory events held all over the country in recognition of AmeriCorps’ 20 years. The 20th will recognize important moments in AmeriCorps’ history but it will also look ahead to our exciting future by demonstrating impact, building partnerships, and increasing service opportunities to serve.