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Members of the AmeriCorps Victim Assistance Program (a program of the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence) joined forces with AmeriCorps programs across the state to help people experiencing homelessness as part of this year’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. Over the past month New Hampshire AmeriCorps members collected donations of socks, gloves, hats, toothpaste and toothbrushes, and on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, 200 members gathered in Manchester to sort items into over 500 care packages for distribution to homeless service providers across the New Hampshire.
“This service project gives our team an opportunity to join with other members of AmeriCorps and reflect on how their commitment to national service aligns with Dr. King’s legacy of compassion and service to others,” said April Aucoin, the Program Manager for the AmeriCorps Victim Assistance Program.
The Corporation for National and Community Service promotes Martin Luther King Day as “A day on, not a day off,” and encourages all Americans to volunteer and work together to help solve national problems. On a single night in January there were over 1,400 people experiencing homelessness in New Hampshire, nearly half of those people were families with children.
About the AmeriCorps Victim Assistance Program (AVAP): AVAP is a program of the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence. AVAP addresses critical service needs in our communities and justice systems by ensuring services and education are available to victims of domestic and sexual violence and stalking throughout New Hampshire. AVAP promotes community service and a lifetime commitment to volunteerism. Learn more at www.nhcadsv.org/avap.cfm.
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.
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