AmeriCorps CEO Tours National Service Projects with Second Gentleman in Washington D.C.
Second Gentleman of the United States Doug Emhoff joins AmeriCorps Week celebrations and Michael D. Smith speaks at the Climate Action Summit
WASHINGTON, D.C.— As part of AmeriCorps Week, Michael D. Smith, AmeriCorps CEO, delivered remarks at The Corps Network’s Climate Action Summit and toured an AmeriCorps NCCC program site alongside Mr. Douglas Emhoff, the Second Gentleman of the United States, on Tuesday, March 15, in Washington, D.C.
On Tuesday, March 15, Smith began his day at The Corps Network’s Climate Action Summit where he delivered remarks about collaborative efforts to address environmental challenges and the future of conservation. Many AmeriCorps programs across the nation focus on environmental conservation, climate resilience and employment pathways for the green jobs of the future.
Last year, more than 15,000 AmeriCorps members assisted climate and environmental efforts, including disaster services. Their service supported caring for more than 330,000 acres of public land, 18,000 miles of rivers and trails, and 2,000 structures damaged by natural disasters, among other accomplishments.
Later, Smith and Emhoff met with AmeriCorps members and participated in an environmental community service project at the Marvin Gaye Greening Center, a one-acre urban farm in Northeast Washington, D.C. Smith and Emhoff joined 11 AmeriCorps members and planted blueberry bushes in the national agroforestry demonstration site for USDA, picked kale, created wood frames for large vinyl artwork created by local students and prepared a hügelkultur bed, a German mulch and fertilizer layering technique that conserves water.
The AmeriCorps NCCC project is sponsored by Washington Parks & People, a nonprofit organization dedicated to activating public lands & waters for broad community revitalization. The project centers on the Community Harvest program, a community garden initiative where produce is shared with local nonprofits focused on combating food insecurity. The 11 AmeriCorps members deployed to Washington Parks & People will spend three months furthering the organization’s conservation and urban gardening mission.
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The visit comes during AmeriCorps Week, a celebration of the millions of Americans ages 18 to 75+, who have served with AmeriCorps and AmeriCorps Seniors. Right now, there are 250,000 people serving as members or volunteers in over 40,000 locations across all 50 states and territories. To join the celebration, follow AmeriCorps on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and join the conversation by sharing pictures and stories on Twitter, using #AmeriCorpsWeek.