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ABQ First in NM to Become an Employer of National Service

Induction Ceremony of 100 AmeriCorps Members

October 5, 2016

Albuquerque, NM – Today, Mayor Richard Berry, joined by Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service, the federal agency that administers the AmeriCorps program, will administer the AmeriCorps pledge to more than 130 young people, officially swearing them in as new AmeriCorps members.

In addition to the induction ceremony, the City of Albuquerque has become the first city in New Mexico to make a commitment to better serve AmeriCorps and Peace Corps alumni by becoming an Employer of National Service. Employers of National Service, an initiative launched by President Obama during AmeriCorps 20th anniversary in 2014, recognizes the valuable skills gained by the nearly 1 million Americans who have participated in AmeriCorps since 1994 and the 215,000 who have participated in the Peace Corps since 1961.

CEO Wendy Spencer will administer the AmeriCorps pledge to 130 new members who will be join the more than 1,000 AmeriCorps and Senior Corps members currently serving in Albuquerque and its surrounding areas.  New Mexico was named a top AmeriState this year, placing 7th for producing AmeriCorps members. The AmeriCorps members in New Mexico address significant community needs by creating programs that address issues related to: health  and wellness, education, environmental stewardship, veterans and military families, economic opportunities and disaster services.

This event is one of many happening across the nation this fall and comes as the 22-year-old program celebrates a major milestone: surpassing 1 million AmeriCorps members. On Friday, October 7, the agency will officially kick-off a nationwide campaign to say “Thanks a Million” to the 1 million AmeriCorps members who have pledged to “get things done” for America. This year, more than 75,000 individuals will comprise the class that includes the one-millionth AmeriCorps member.

The New Mexico Commission for Community Volunteerism, the state’s Governor-appointed state service commission, directs the national service programs in the state of New Mexico. More than 4,500 AmeriCorps and Senior Corps members serve throughout the state, with more than 1,100 in Albuquerque. Since AmeriCorps’ inception in 1994, more than 10,000 New Mexico residents have served more than 11 million hours and qualified for more than $24.8 million in scholarships or Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards.