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Grimes marks National Service Recognition Day with roundtable of Americorps members in Frankfort

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes on Tuesday hosted a roundtable with Kentucky AmeriCorps service members in Frankfort to discuss service in the Commonwealth. The discussion coincided with National Service Recognition Day activities across the country.

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes

“AmeriCorps is one of our nation’s most vital civic service programs,” said Grimes. “Today, on National Service Recognition Day, I am proud to meet with the young people who are beginning their careers by serving others from mentoring students to organizing communities around service projects. Their passion inspires and they deserve recognition beyond a single day in the year. To all of the Americans who are giving their talent and time in service to our nation, thank you.”

Grimes led the personal discussion, asking each of the AmeriCorps members, “Why do you serve?”

“As an AmeriCorps VISTA, my experience serving Kentucky communities has helped me better understand my fellow Kentuckians. It has encouraged me to bridge divides and live out the spirit of our Commonwealth. I know our communities are better for service programs like AmeriCorps and Kentucky Campus Compact,” said Grace-Marie Thompson who was part of the roundtable discussion.

Through Kentucky Campus Compact, AmeriCorps administers College Coaches and TASK VISTA (Toward A Sustainable Kentucky, Volunteers in Service to America). Kentucky College Coaches focus on mentoring high school students who might not envision themselves going to college, first generation college students, and/or populations with low rates of college enrollment. Through TASK, more than 50 AmeriCorps members serve member colleges and universities, the Kentucky Promise Zone, Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR), and small nonprofit organizations.

Grimes noted that last year’s Kentucky Civic Health Index, released by her office, identified key areas of strength for service, including statistics showing more Kentuckians are volunteering, more people are giving money to charity, and membership in service organizations is up.

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