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Third Annual AmeriCorps Week
Date:4/28/2009

es a one-on-one after school tutoring program for students in homeless shelters. The entire Chicago HOPES staff is composed of AmeriCorps VISTA members.

Chicago HOPES participated in AmeriCorps Week last year by volunteering in a community garden in the Austin neighborhood. This year, Chicago HOPES plans on providing a presentation about AmeriCorps to a Chicago Public Schools (CPS) high school, and asking CPS CEO, Ron Huberman to participate as an AmeriCorps member for a day - by visiting one of homeless shelters and by volunteering at the Greater Chicago Food Depository on May 8th.

"Just months after the enactment of legislation to expand national service, it is an amazing time to spotlight what local community members are doing to help others," said Kari Mills, shelter coordinator at Chicago HOPES.

After the completion of their service, AmeriCorps members usually continue to be engaged in their communities through volunteering, creation of not for profits, and the pursuit of needed community resources.

AmeriCorps week also serves to highlight the AmeriCorps program, in hopes of recruiting additional individuals passionate about combating poverty and providing essential services. This annual observance calls attention to the valuable work being done and promotes the opportunities AmeriCorps offers to its members. Projects held during the week will allow local citizens to discover and participate in AmeriCorps programming.

Chicago HOPES provides a one-on-one after school tutoring program for students in homeless shelters. Created in 2006, HOPES is an initiative of the CPS Homeless Education Program. They currently have their specialized programming at seven different homeless shelters in Chicago. For more information on AmeriCorps week and for additional suggestions on how to get involved, go to <
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