Etcetera - 8/14/13

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The Walla Walla community benefits hugely from contributions made by members of the Blue Mountain Action Council AmeriCorps team. In fact the time and talents of this group come from all over the country.

Sponsored by the Washington Service Corps, the 20th BMAC AmeriCorps group completed its service in July according to a release from BMAC.

Thirty 2012-2013 AmeriCorps and 11 Reading Corps graduates dedicated 10.5 months and 71,400 hours of service here. Altogether, they received $78,500 of in-kind community gifts to benefit AmeriCorps-sponsored programs and have helped to recruit 746 volunteers in the area.

“These valued service members are truly leaders in civic engagement and community service,” according to the release.

A stateside version of the Peace Corps, AmeriCorps’ members serve their country in a local capacity while setting an example of a civic heart.

“It’s a chance to build upon individual skills, campaign for a cause that helps others and provide an opportunity to meet critical needs in our community. Whether the service year makes a community safer, gives a child a second chance, or helps protect the environment, AmeriCorps gets things done,” said Kristen Sayers, BMAC AmeriCorps program coordinator.

AmeriCorps is open to those age 17 and older.

Participants are offered a $1,150 monthly living stipend; health insurance; child care subsidy (income dependent); forbearance of student loans while in service; payment of interest accrued on student loans while in service; training; and a $5,550 education award for further education or repayment of student loans.

The newest BMAC AmeriCorps alumni are listed by home state: Alacia Thornton, Ben Javon Keifel, Briana Stockdale, Cari Base, Cory Foster, Jennifer Ard, Julie Nordgren, Katharine Sharkey, Matthew Bangcaya, Perri Wiggins, Timothy Conbere, Whitney Christianson, all of Washington; David Black, Elizabeth Gaslin, Ryland Hutchison, Oregon; Brittney Jacobs, Arizona; Elaina Avery, Jennifer Theil, Jyasmine Dillon, Ryan Smith, California; Megan McGavock, Colorado; Theresa Osborne, Florida; Tabitha Schwartz, Georgia; Heidi Treacy, Indiana; Emma Swanson, Iowa; Emily James, Maryland; Jenna Skinness, Meghan McGuire, Minnesota; Mariel Parman, Mississippi; Kiley Remiczewski, New Hampshire; Melissa Romero, New Mexico; Joshua Lee, Joy Dinkleman, Leslie Tunmore, New York; Ashley Bush, Ohio; Aubrey Hill, Utah; Katharine Nyden, West Virginia; Caitlin Pond, Kelsey Skrobis, Wisconsin.

For more details, email nadineb@bmacww.org, call 509-529-4980, ext. 139 or click here.

Etcetera appears in daily and Sunday editions. Annie Charnley Eveland can be reached at annieeveland@wwub.com or afternoons at 526-8313.

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