Monday, May 05, 2008

Nevada Volunteers to Honor Outstanding AmeriCorps, VISTA and Senior Corps Members

CARSON CITY, Nev. —Governor Jim Gibbons has decreed the week of May 11 as National AmeriCorps Week in Nevada. Each year commemorating National AmeriCorps Week, Nevada Volunteers honors outstanding AmeriCorps, VISTA and Senior Corps participants that have served the state of Nevada with the National Service Award. The celebration will be held at the Governor's Mansion in Carson City from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, May 12. First Lady Dawn Gibbons, along with Nevada Volunteers commissioners in attendance, will present the awards.

After 30 years leading the Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) in Carson City, Nevada Volunteers Commissioner Janice Ayres will also receive an award for Senior Corps Supervisor of the Year.

"I began my involvement with RSVP in 1972 by writing the grant that led to bringing the first program to Nevada in 1973," Ayres said. "That began me on the path to help shut-in seniors in our state live independently rather than being moved into institutionalized care. I feel the funds spent sponsoring our RSVP volunteers are multiplied in savings of tax dollars and improved quality of life by both the volunteer and the senior now able to live independently."

Seven National Service Awards will be presented: AmeriCorps Member of the Year, AmeriCorps Program Director of the Year, VISTA person of the Year, VISTA Site Supervisor of the Year, Senior Corps Participant of the Year, Senior Corps Supervisor of the Year, and Learn & Serve Student of the Year. There also will also be a special presentation to First Lady Dawn Gibbons for her service to Nevada.

Nevada Volunteers creates opportunities to inspire, teach, train and recognize individuals, organizations, and businesses across Nevada to develop a legacy of service and citizenship. Nevada Volunteers is the governor's commission that administers AmeriCorps programs statewide and hosts the annual Governor's Points of Light award. Since 1998, over 1,100 AmeriCorps members have served throughout Nevada recruiting more than 14,000 volunteers who donated over 97,000 hours of service to local communities.

National AmeriCorps Week is a recruitment and recognition event designed to bring more Americans into service, salute AmeriCorps members and alums for their powerful impact, and thank the community partners who make AmeriCorps possible.

Nevada Volunteers, which administers AmeriCorps in Nevada, provides invaluable service to communities throughout Nevada, and this event is a way for the organization to honor outstanding achievements by volunteers from several of its affiliated organizations.

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