For Immediate Release
April 9, 2010
Contact: Daphne Larkin
Norwich AmeriCorps team to receive Governor’s award for community service
NORTHFIELD – The Norwich University AmeriCorps team will receive a Governor’s Award for Outstanding Volunteer Community Service this Saturday, April 10 at a 2 p.m. ceremony to be held at the National Life Building in Montpelier.
Norwich has the largest campus AmeriCorps team in the state, consisting of 18 members, and will be recognized in the national service category.
Laura Rooney, AmeriCorps Programs Coordinator for the state of Vermont nominated the Norwich team for the award.
“The Norwich program is a good demonstration of the strength of what these part-time programs can do,” she said. “They certainly deserve it.”
“It is especially meaningful to us that Laura was our team’s nominator, because it is Laura who oversees the entire AmeriCorps SERVE program statewide amongst all VCC member institutions,” said Nicole DiDomenico, director for NU’s Center for Civic Engagement. “The fact that she chose our team to nominate was an honor in and of itself.”
NU AmeriCorps by the numbers:
• AmeriCorps began on the NU campus in 2002 with one member
• AmeriCorps SERVE members commit to a minimum of 300 hours of service per year with some donating up to 450 hours
• Service projects include: organizing the campus Relay for Life with the American Cancer Society; running afterschool programs and other youth mentoring programs; organizing volunteer projects around food insecurity and organizing Habitat for Humanity building projects.
Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army. Norwich University is the oldest private military college in the United States of America and the birthplace of our nation's Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC). www.norwich.edu
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