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Celebrating AmeriCorps Week in the Sauk Valley Area

June 2011

Volunteering, community service and “getting things done” are what the 57 members of ABC AmeriCorps did this year for the Sauk Valley Area.

As part of AmeriCorps Week, members participated in a trash pick-up along Route 2 near Sauk Valley Community College on May 19. “The trash pick-up went very well as members did a great thing for the environment, our community and the college,” said Sarah Woodin, AmeriCorps assistant and former AmeriCorps member.

AmeriCorps members also take part in tutoring programs throughout the district, participate in events such as Reading is Fundamental and Living the Challenge and gain knowledge and skills that will help them throughout their lives. “To be able to see how many different projects one can be involved in through the AmeriCorps program is indescribable,” said Woodin. “As a past member, the best part about the program is the gratification and feeling of accomplishment as well as the benefits for the self and the community.”

ABC AmeriCorps, a national service program sponsored by SVCC, serves Lee, Whiteside, Carroll, Ogle, Bureau, LaSalle, Livingston, Henry, and Rock Island counties. ABC AmeriCorps members work with children, youth and families in education programs and community-based agencies to increase academic and life skills. They also participate in environmental, public safety, homeland security and other human service needs projects.

Members must at least have a GED or high school diploma, be at least 18 years old (or 17, out of high school with permission of a parent), have reliable transportation, be a legal U.S. resident and be drug-free with a commitment to remain so throughout the service term. ABC AmeriCorps seeks those with a commitment to serve people and work with children, have good people skills, are tolerant of differences, are motivated, flexible, and can work independently and on a team. AmeriCorps encourages qualified individuals with disabilities and those form diverse backgrounds to apply for the team as well.

For more information, contact Heather Gieseke, AmeriCorps director, at 815-835-6313 or email at