This week The Shasta County Child Abuse Prevention Council joined thousands of Americans across the country to celebrate the valuable contributions of the AmeriCorps members who pledge to “get things done” for America as part of the annual AmeriCorps Week.

“Through AmeriCorps I have been able to gain back my self-confidence, learn new skills and become a strong member of my community,” said Jennifer Young, AmeriCorps Member and Youth Partner with Youth Options Shasta.

Crystal Johnson, Project Manager for The Shasta County Child Abuse Prevention Council said “Our AmeriCorps Members are in a position to impact some of our most vulnerable populations in Shasta County, providing case management services and pouring out their hearts for at-risk families and youth. Last year 371 families received services and were connected to resources for parenting education, counseling, food, clothing, diapers, housing, employment and social connections. This hand up is imperative to our county where we have historically struggled with some of the highest instances of child abuse and neglect in the state.”

“I am so proud of the North State Rural AmeriCorps Project! The AmeriCorps Members continue to touch family’s lives and make a difference in Shasta County,” said Lorie Ratliff, AmeriCorps Project Coordinator with Shasta CAPCC.

The weeklong AmeriCorps Week celebration also honors the contributions and support of thousands of local organizations that make AmeriCorps programs possible. In Shasta County, 14 AmeriCorps members are serving in various locations; Shasta CAPCC, Youth Options Shasta, The Anderson Teen Center and Shasta County Probation.

To celebrate AmeriCorps Week and bring awareness to the cause, the North State Rural AmeriCorps Project will be attending the Board of Supervisors Meeting on March 12, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. where Supervisor Mary Rickert will proclaim the week as AmeriCorps week in Shasta County.

Service Projects are another way that Members give back to the community. A service project is scheduled for March 15, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Francis Court and House of Cornelius. Members will serve at these locations and help paint, clean up and turn over a garden area as a way of lending a hand to the homeless families and veterans who live in those locations.

AmeriCorps is administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency that engages millions of Americans in service through its AmeriCorps and Senior Corps programs and leads the nation’s volunteering and service efforts. For more information, visit NationalService.gov.