LANSING, Mich. – City and county officials will come together on April 3 for “Mayor and County Recognition Day for National Service” to celebrate Ingham County’s national service members who contribute thousands of hours of service annually.
The event will be hosted by the Ingham County Health Department’s AmeriCorps programs at First Presbyterian Church located at 510 W. Ottawa in Lansing at 2 p.m. Brian Calley, Lt. Governor of Michigan, Ginna Holmes, Executive Director of the Michigan Community Service Commission, and Jessica Yorko, Ingham County Health Equity and Social Justice Coordinator, are among those scheduled to speak at the event.
“AmeriCorps members have positive and lasting impacts. Their contributions are critical to addressing some of their community’s greatest challenges, issues like literacy, homelessness, access to care and public safety,” said Ingham County Health Officer Linda S. Vail. “This event gives us a chance to thank AmeriCorps members for the work they do in Ingham County.”
The health department currently manages both an AmeriCorps State and an AmeriCorps VISTA program. Each has over a dozen projects. There are 26 members combined.
AmeriCorps members commit to a full term of service, ranging from eight weeks to one year. They receive a living stipend during their service as well as other benefits including professional development and an education award upon completion of the service term.
Local organizations hosting or managing AmeriCorps members include: Ingham County Health Department, City of Lansing, MSU Student Housing Cooperative, Lansing Housing Commission, Greater Lansing Food Bank, Allen Neighborhood Center, Lansing Promise, the Michigan Nonprofit Association, Michigan’s Campaign to End Homelessness, the Community Economic Development Association of Michigan, Habitat of Michigan, Peckham, Senior Corps, and many more.