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Roswell Celebrates Volunteer Month

Post Date:03/28/2019
This April, during National Volunteering Month, the City of Roswell celebrates the community’s strong and rich history of supporting one another through volunteerism and civic engagement programs. Volunteerism is critical to the long-term success of our local non-profit organizations, but Roswell residents also have opportunities to engage in national service at the local level through the City of Roswell’s AmeriCorps Afterschool Project.

Since 2017, the City of Roswell and its nonprofit partners, STAR House Foundation and Ed Isakson/Alpharetta YMCA, have collaborated in support of an AmeriCorps project to benefit community youth. The collective goal of the Roswell AmeriCorps Afterschool Project is to improve the educational outcomes of the City’s next generation, while providing an enriching member and volunteer experience.

Contingent on renewed annual funding, and beginning in fall 2019, the City and its partners expect to enlist 24 AmeriCorps members to support enhanced afterschool programming at three Fulton County Schools in Roswell.

AmeriCorps members enrolled in the Project will tutor students for grade-level literacy four days a week for the duration of the Fulton County School year. They will provide general homework support, help with STEM activities and general health and wellness programming. AmeriCorps members will also recruit additional volunteers to help STAR House and the YMCA in their afterschool programs, and serve the larger community on National Days of Service.

Becoming an AmeriCorps member has many benefits. AmeriCorps members receive a modest, bi-weekly living allowance during their term of service, as well as skills training and professional development opportunities. On successful completion of service, AmeriCorps members earn the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award for use in paying tuition or loans for higher education, including at technical schools. If over the age of 55, members may transfer the award to a family member. Federal student loans may be eligible for forbearance during service, and alumni may be recognized in job searches by 500 Employers of National Service.

There are also the health benefits AmeriCorps members may experience in service to their country and community. Studies demonstrate that individuals of all ages feel better when they volunteer, that volunteering helps to manage and lower stress levels, and affords a deeper connection to community. In a recent study published by the Corporation for National and Community Service, 84% of participants in the AmeriCorps Senior Corps program reported improved or stable health after two years of service.

For more information about AmeriCorps, visit www.nationalservice.gov/programs/americorps. For more information about the potential AmeriCorps opportunity with the City of Roswell, visit www.roswellgov.com/AmeriCorps or contact Grant Coordinator Megan Boynton at 770-817-6715 or mboynton@roswellgov.com.

To learn more about local non-profit organizations in Roswell, visit the City’s Non-Profit Partnership page at www.roswellgov.com/NPP.
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