AmeriCorps Week Celebrates New Hampshire Victim Assistance Program Advocates

Concord, NH— The AmeriCorps Victim Assistance Program (AVAP) will take part in the national celebration of AmeriCorps Week, March 9-17, spotlighting the vital work done by AmeriCorps members in communities across NH since the national service program began 19 years ago.

AmeriCorps Week is an annual event designed to salute AmeriCorps members and alums for their service, thank AmeriCorps’ community partners, and recognize AmeriCorps’ impact on communities and on the lives of those who serve.  “We are proud to be part of AmeriCorps and grateful for the AmeriCorps members who are getting things done right here in our community,” said Heather Gunnell, Program Director of the NH Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence.  “AmeriCorps members have made a tremendous impact in our community, allowing member programs to extend our services and better carry out our mission.”

AVAP members make a difference in their community by offering support and information to victims and survivors of domestic and sexual violence and stalking.  The members are placed throughout New Hampshire in crisis centers, police departments, prosecutors’ offices, the New Hampshire Department of Corrections, the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office, child advocacy centers and university campuses. 

Since 1994, over 350 members have served in the AmeriCorps Victim Assistance Program.  Many are employed as advocates, while others have become lawyers, doctors and social workers still assisting victims and survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking. 

New Hampshire events during AmeriCorps Week include:

·         Sunday March 10 - A kick-off reception hosted by the NH AmeriCorps Alumni Chapter.  

·         Monday, March 11, from 3-4:30 – Members will meet with Governor Maggie Hassan.

·         Friday, March 15 - AmeriCorps members will be joined by staff from Volunteer NH and the Corporation for National and Community Service, the federal agency that funds AmeriCorps, to participate in service projects at several non-profits in the Greater Manchester Area. 

For more information about the AmeriCorps Victim Assistance Program contact Robin McGlone at RMcglone@nhcadsv.org or call 603-224-8893, ext. 315.

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About the Coalition: NHCADSV is a statewide network of 14 independent member programs committed to ending sexual violence, domestic violence and stalking, through direct services to victims, community education, and public policy advocacy. The NHCADSV and its 14 member programs do not discriminate based on gender, age, health status (including HIV-positive), physical, mental, or emotional ability, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, socio-economic status, race, national origin, immigration status, or religious or political affiliation. For more information visit www.nhcadsv.org.

About AmeriCorps: Since 1994, more than 800,000 Americans have given more than 1 billion hours of service through AmeriCorps.  Every year, more than 75,000 AmeriCorps members meet pressing community needs across the country – strengthening education, assisting veterans and military families, providing disaster services, fostering economic opportunity, expanding health services and preserving the environment. Serving at more 15,000 locations, AmeriCorps members recruited and managed more than four million volunteers last year, boosting the impact of the nonprofit and faith-based organizations they serve.  www.americorps.gov.

Volunteer NH is a nonprofit organization with a mission to promote the tradition of volunteerism and ethic of service in New Hampshire. We support and sponsor national service initiatives and provide training, recognition, and a central site for volunteers and volunteer programs to strengthen their communities. To learn more about Volunteer NH or find out about volunteer opportunities visit their website at: www.VolunteerNH.org. Follow them on twitter: http://twitter.com/Volunteernh, or fan them on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/VolunteerNH.

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is a federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service through Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, the Social Innovation Fund, and the Volunteer Generation Fund, and leads President Barack Obama’s national call to service initiative, United We Serve. For more information, visit NationalService.gov

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