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By virtue of the authority vested by the Constitution of Virginia in the Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, there is hereby officially recognized:

AmeriCorps Week

WHEREAS, AmeriCorps provides opportunities for more than 75,000 Americans interested in making an ongoing, intensive commitment to serve at nonprofits, schools, public agencies, and community and faith-based groups all across the country; and,

WHEREAS, AmeriCorps enriches the lives of its members, building habits that create engaged citizens who are active participants in civic matters affecting their communities long after their service terms are completed; and,

WHEREAS, last year in Virginia, 3,100 national service members of various ages and backgrounds helped to meet local needs at more than 400 locations in the Commonwealth by tutoring or mentoring disadvantaged children and youth, supporting addiction recovery services, restoring the environment, and responding to disasters; and,

WHEREAS, in exchange for their service, AmeriCorps members earn valuable work skills, money for higher education, and develop an appreciation for citizenship that strengthens the lives of their families, communities, and the Commonwealth as a whole; and,

WHEREAS, since AmeriCorps’ founding in 1994, more than 20,000 Virginia AmeriCorps members have served more than 30 million hours and have qualified for Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards totaling more than $72.8 million; and,

WHEREAS, AmeriCorps Week is an opportunity to recognize the dedication and commitment of AmeriCorps members, AmeriCorps alumni, and their community partners, and to reinforce responsibility, compassion, and tolerance as critical values for building a better Commonwealth;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Glenn Youngkin, do hereby recognize March 13-19, 2022 as AmeriCorps Week in the COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all of our citizens.