Did you know we have eight AmeriCorps volunteers at UTEC as youthworkers? March 11th — 17th was AmeriCorps Appreciation Week, and we appreciate their service all year long! Staff and young adults at UTEC celebrated our members’ service, and all of Massachusetts recognized the commitment of AmeriCorps members for constantly getting things done and building stronger communities through volunteerism.
During the beginning of the week, AmeriParents (anonymous staff members who adopts a volunteer for the week), staff members, and young adults celebrated by placing motivational and appreciative quotes on each door. The following days, we turned flower pots into a celebration of UTEC values — planting seeds of peace and expressing madd love to each individual volunteer. A self-care table became a center for AmeriParents and staff to drop off breakfast and prizes for our members. Other activities included a scavenger hunt with clues relating to the history of UTEC.
Wrapping up the week, AmeriCorps volunteers past and present connected at our annual AmeriCorps Alumni Dinner — meeting former directors and former volunteers to connect over cultural cuisine. After the fun festivities, the team reflected on their goals on how to continue to give back to the community after their service year is over.
UTEC’s AmeriCorps Program Manager, Miguel Quinones, appreciates having AmeriCorps as a well-known community partner. He says, “Members all come with the thought of making a difference. It can mean bringing their skill set to help with projects or a particular issue or it can be gaining skills to pursue a career that will ultimately serve the community.”
AmeriCorps connects volunteers with a network of service programs to meet community needs in a variety of areas, including youth-work. Our AmeriCorps volunteers are here through Massachusetts Service Alliance, and every day they truly invest in young people in significant ways at UTEC: from mentoring to advocating social justice through civic engagement and enrichment activities.
“Every morning in Massachusetts, over 1,400 AmeriCorps members wake up, put on their AmeriCorps gear and head out to make a difference in our communities. Even though the economy in Massachusetts is strong and unemployment is low, not everyone benefits equally. We are proud that our AmeriCorps members serve the needs of some of the most vulnerable residents in our state,” wrote Barbara Moffat and Emily Haber of Massachusetts Services Alliance in a Herald News opinion piece.
Source: Lowell Sun