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PCC AmeriCorps Promotes Service during National AmeriCorps Week, March 9-17

March 11, 2013

Tucson, AZ – Seventeen AmeriCorps Members from Pima Community College’s Adult and Family Literacy Program will participate in the seventh annual AmeriCorps Week, a series of events highlighting service to our community.

The events include working in a community garden, graffiti abatement, gathering food for the Community Food Bank and a picnic at Reid Park.

“Recognizing volunteers for their efforts is important,” said MaryAnn Phininzy, PCC’s AmeriCorps Program coordinator.  “Without their time and energy it wouldn’t be possible to accomplish all of the goals of the organization.”

The seventh annual AmeriCorps Week, AmeriCorps Works, communicates the value and effectiveness of AmeriCorps Member service while providing an opportunity for a variety of service projects in many different contexts.  AmeriCorps Week demonstrates the triple return on investment of AmeriCorps service -- for the recipients of service, the people who serve, and the larger community and nation.

Since PCC’s AmeriCorps program was launched in 1994, more than 160 AmeriCorps members have taken the AmeriCorps pledge to “get things done for America,” serving in excess of 350,000 hours to improve the lives of citizens and strengthen our community.

AmeriCorps, which allows Americans from all walks of life to participate in providing services that fulfill crucial needs in the areas of education, health, public safety and the environment, is a federal program created under President Clinton by the National and Community Service Trust Act of 1993, which built on the first National Service Act signed by President H.W. Bush in 1990.

In Tucson, AmeriCorps will mark the week with four special events:

Monday, March 11:  AmeriCorps Members and volunteers will be gardening and planting at the Peace Garden, located at the Manuel Herrera Jr. Park, 5901 S. Fiesta, from 7:00am-11:00am.

Thursday, March 14: AmeriCorps Members will be putting together food boxes for distribution at the Community Food Bank, 3003 S. Country Club Rd., from 8:30am – 1:00pm.

Friday, March 15:  AmeriCorps Members will be partnering with the City of Tucson Graffiti Abatement program and Tucson Clean and Beautiful painting over graffiti at an old Qwest site, 3801 W. Valencia Road, from 8:00am – noon.

Saturday, March 16:  AmeriCorps Members from across the city will celebrate their success with an annual alumni and current member picnic at Reid Park, 900 S. Randolph Way, from 2:00pm – 6:00pm.

Since 1994, more than 542,000 people have taken the pledge to “get things done for America.” These members have served, mobilized and managed an additional 1.7 million community volunteers for a total of 705 million hours of service. Across our nation members make a difference through serving in the areas of education, environmental stewardship, healthy futures, economic opportunities, and supporting veterans and military families.

For more information on Pima’s Adult Education programs and services, go to www.pima.edu/adulted.

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Founded in 1969, Pima Community College (PCC) is one of the largest community college districts in the United States. PCC offers degrees and certificates in more than 100 transfer and occupational programs on six conveniently located campuses and more than 100 teaching sites throughout Pima County. PCC provides flexible course options, affordable tuition and a wide array of support services. To learn more, visit www.pima.edu or call (520) 206-4500.

CONTACT:
C.J. Karamargin
Vice Chancellor for Public Information and Federal Government Relations
(520) 206-4850
ckaramargin@pima.edu