can be an AmeriCorps member for a day
AmeriCorps Week, Rural Action and OU-HCOM hope you’ll join them to
make southeast Ohio a better, healthier place
ATHENS, Ohio (3.8.2012)
-- Every day, AmeriCorps members make a difference in the lives of
thousands of Athens County residents. Next week, AmeriCorps members
are inviting community members in southeast Ohio and Ohio University
to see first-hand exactly what AmeriCorps members do to make our
communities better, healthier places.
During AmeriCorps Week, March 10 to 18, the two AmeriCorps programs
in Athens County – one at the Ohio University Heritage College of
Osteopathic Medicine called ComCorps and the other at Rural Action –
want community members to work alongside AmeriCorps members to lend
their time and talents to bettering our communities and to consider
becoming an AmeriCorps member.
Also during AmeriCorps Week, community members are invited to learn
about the local programs and how to serve during a AmeriCorps
recruitment fair. The recruitment fair will be held Monday from 9
a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Ohio University Baker University Center room
Participants shadowing ComCorps members may teach nutrition courses,
provide health education presentations, conduct health clinics, or
observe day-to-day roles with the organization. Contact Lauren
Borovicka, ComCorps program coordinator, at 593.2293 or
for information and to schedule.
Participants in Rural Action’s shadowing opportunities may:
Conduct treatment system maintenance on Monday Creek from 9 a.m.
to noon on March 12, 13 and 14. Call 394.2497 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Attend an environmental education at Hocking College on March 14
from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call or email Joe Brehm at 747-767-2255 or
email@example.com mailto:to schedule.
a community forest clean up in Trimble on March 17 at 10 a.m.
Contact Rose Keys, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Joe Steinbrecher,
email@example.com to schedule.
Participate in water monitoring training for Leading Creek on
March 13 from 1 to 3 p.m. To schedule, email Lisa Prince at
Call Candi Withem, AmeriCorps director at Rural Action, at 767.4938
for more information about Rural Action’s programs.
ComCorps, the AmeriCorps program at OU-HCOM, has partnered with
Athens County schools and government and non-profit agencies to
address unmet needs, said Borovicka.
“ComCorps is a vital community resource in Athens County,” Borovicka
said. “The impact this program has on those we directly serve, the
agencies and schools we serve with, the members who serve and the
volunteers who serve along with us. This program truly helps so many
children and families in Athens County. I feel so privileged to work
alongside the talented members who dedicate eleven months to service
and ‘Get Things Done’!”
Between 2000 and 2010, 151 ComCorps members have provided more than
225,000 hours of service in Athens County, delivering health
screenings, health education and healthcare access.
At Rural Action, the AmeriCorps Ohio Stream Restore Corps has hosted
30 members since 2009 who have assisted with improving six
watersheds throughout southeastern Ohio.
Focusing on environmental issues in watersheds, Withem states that
AmeriCorps members perform the following:
Water quality monitoring and data collection
Classroom and after-school environmentally focused activities and
teacher training workshops
Community outreach activities, projects and events
Volunteer recruitment, management and oversight
Development of community education and volunteer opportunities
such as cleanups, tree plantings, trail hikes, adopt-a-highway
projects, stream sweeps
Withem reported that since the program’s inception, hundreds of
miles of streams have been improved, thousands of children received
outdoor education learning, and thousands of volunteers have
conducted clean up campaigns at dozens of locations.