RI Gubernatorial Candidates Will Address Hundreds of RI AmeriCorps Members


CONTACT: Bernie Beaudreau
(401) 331-2298 ext. 102

Serve Rhode Island is kicking off its 16th year of the AmeriCorps Program at the State House with opening day ceremonies including taking the pledge of service and being addressed by RI's four leading gubernatorial candidates who will state their positions on critical issues and the importance of community and national service.

Starting promptly at 9:15 AM, Mr. Block, Mr. Caprio, Senator Chafee and Mr. Robitaille will take 7 to 10 minutes each to respond to the following three questions selected from over a hundred questions suggested by this year's Rhode Island AmeriCorps members:

  1. Of the many pressing needs facing our communities -- access to quality education, creating meaningful employment opportunities, supporting volunteer opportunities -- what are the most pressing issues in our state and how can national service contribute to solving these issues?
  2. What do you think AmeriCorps members can accomplish during your term in office and what main issue(s) should the members focus on?
  3. Please describe a volunteer or community/national service experience that changed your life and how that has impacted your desire to pursue a career in public service?

This year's 524 AmeriCorps members will be serving the Rhode Island community through 16 local programs including: Brown University College Guides, City Year Rhode Island, Clear Corps, East Bay Community Action, Highlander Times Square Charter Corps, JumpStart, Local Initiatives Support Corporation, Mt. Hope Learning Center, Ocean State Environmental Education Collaborative, Providence After School Alliance, Providence Children's Museum, Providence City Arts for Youth, Ready to Learn Providence, Scholarships for Service/Campus Compact, Teach for America and Youth Build.

Over the next 10 months, RI's 524 AmeriCorps members will provide over 500,000 hours of service valued at $10.6 million in the Rhode Island Community. Corps members will be providing in and after school support and learning opportunities for disadvantaged children, delivering human services to low-income families and organizing service projects to improve school facilities and clean up the environment.

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