A couple of weeks ago I wrote about Destination AmeriCorps, a great networking event held my Volunteer Maryland for AmeriCorps members throughout the state of Maryland. Before I get into the specifics, I will refresh some memories about what this event entailed and what AmeriCorps members do!
As many of you know, I am currently doing a year of service with Volunteer Maryland, a program run out of the Governor’s Office. Volunteer Maryland is a branch of AmeriCorps that trains and connects individuals with non profits to help them expand their volunteer programs. I am doing just that at UCF. I’ve been working on implementing new programs and revamping some other programs here at UCF.
I wrote a few weeks ago about being on the decorations committee for the event and everything that went into planning the event. Last Thursday, I got to see all our hard work pay off. Destination AmeriCorps was a great success and I was happy to be a part of it.
Destination AmeriCorps kicked off National AmeriCorps Week with a bang! National AmeriCorps Week is a recruitment and recognition event designed to bring more people into service, salute AmeriCorps members and alums for their powerful impact and thank the community partners who make AmeriCorps possible.
Many AmeriCorps members throughout the state of Maryland came to Destination AmeriCorps. I got to network with a large group of people who are either currently doing a year of service or who have done a year of service in the past. It was a great way to ask questions pertaining to life after AmeriCorps.
The event included a service project opportunity! We made gift bags for Partners In Care to give to their clients. I enjoyed making a couple of bags during the beginning of the event and talking to other AmeriCorps members sitting at the table with me. There was video sharing, a scavenger hunt of sorts, a panel of AmeriCorps alum, two great breakout sessions, and a jeopardy game!
All in all it was a fantastic night filled with great people and great causes! I was happy to be a part of planning even happier to see what a great success the event was.
Stay tuned…Towson Football comes back to Hope Lodge next Wednesday!