On Sunday, May 29, 2016, Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service, began her first-ever tour of AmeriCorps and Senior Corps programs across Alaska. The trip highlighted the impact that national service programs are making in local communities and reinforced the importance of national service and volunteer programs. Alaska is a strong service state, ranking eighth in the country for volunteering. Currently, more than 600 Alaska residents serve through AmeriCorps and Senior Corps in more than 150 locations across Alaska. They tutor and mentor children, restore the environment, respond to disasters, increase economic opportunity, and recruit and manage volunteers. Wendy joined local leaders and national service members at multiple sites in Yakutat, Anchorage, Hooper Bay, Bethel, and Sitka.
On Sunday, Wendy arrived in Yakutat, AK to tour AmeriCorps service sites. She joined an AmeriCorps NCCC team for the day – painting lockers at Yakutat School and repairing the pavilion at Cannon Beach.
On Tuesday, Wendy was in Anchorage, where she led a round-table discussion with local leaders about national service programs and their benefit to disaster response. Later, she joined Mayor Berkowitz to announce $2 million in national service investments to Alaska, plus another big announcement...
That's right! Mayor Ethan Berkowitz announced that the City of Anchorage is now an Employer of National Service!
On Wednesday, Wendy traveled to Hooper Bay to meet with community leaders and community elders and participated in a community celebration of service, honoring current and former national service participants in the area.
On Thursday, Wendy was in Bethel to meet with JVC Northwest AmeriCorps members before heading back to Anchorage, where she visite Senior Corps members serving at McLaughlin Youth Detention Center as Elder Mentors. Also, in Anchorage, Wendy met with AmeriCorps VISTA members serving with the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium.
On Friday Wendy will meet with Mayor of Sitka, Mim McConnell. She will also visit AmeriCorps members and their service sites in the region. In the evening, she will return to Anchorage.
On Saturday, Wendy will be joined by AmeriCorps members and volunteers to clean up McPhee Community Gardens, an Anchorage Community Land Trust garden in Mountain View.