This time of year everyone is starting to come out of hibernation mode and look for the sunshine. AmeriCorps are right in the thick of it. Most of the school year our members have been in school Mon-Fri, done a few late nights for special activities at their schools and taken part in a few community events. Now that it's spring, look for members to be out on the weekends as well. This is the time when they have made good community connections and are being called upon to lend a hand at all kinds of events.
For example, the annual Blockfest events, brought to the community by Parenting Matters and First Teacher. On April 23 and May 7, AmeriCorps members were able to take part in the training and spend the rest of their day building with the families that attended the event. Yes, it looked a lot like playing blocks on the floor but it's really a great way to introduce children to math, science and engineering concepts. Our members were proud to be of service there.
Also on April 23, AmeriCorps members and High School volunteers helped with finishing touches at the the new Elwha River Interpretive Center, sponsored by the Juan de Fuca Scenic Byway Association. A few hours of hard work, a great lunch and a sense of pride each time they pass by on that stretch of highway.
We are grateful for the opportunities the community provides for us to serve. If you are a non-profit and have a project...call us and if you want to join in on the fun...call us. 360-565-1976, Michell Gentry