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Tahoe AmeriCorps volunteers receive national honor

On May 16 and 17. the Parasol AmeriCorps members teamed up with the students of Incline Elementary School to embark on a two-day service project that resulted in the creation of remarkable outdoor learning spaces.
Courtesy Jean Eick |

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) recognized Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation’s AmeriCorps program as a 2013 National Service Impact Award honoree during the AmeriCorps 20th Anniversary kick-off ceremony in Washington, D.C, on Sept. 20.

Service Impact Awards recognize outstanding contributions made by everyday citizens who serve their communities and exemplify the best in national and community service.

“The Corporation for National and Community Service gives these awards to shine a spotlight on the impact our programs are making in communities throughout the country,” said Wendy Spencer, CEO of CNCS. “We know the value in engaging volunteers and national service leaders, and it’s an honor to recognize these great programs and great volunteer leadership in action.”

Awards were judged on the impact made in one of the six focus areas outlined in the agency’s five-year Strategic Plan: disaster services, economic opportunity, education, environmental stewardship, healthy futures, and veterans and military families.

One additional award was presented after being selected as the People’s Choice winner from voting that took place on Challenge.gov.

Parasol’s 2012-13 AmeriCorps team received the Environmental Stewardship Award for its community service project, IES Rocks! A Day of Dirt.

During the project, Parasol AmeriCorps members educated students at Incline Elementary School on teamwork, community service, and the different roles they perform in the community.

The second half of the project included two days of hands-on volunteering and the construction of outdoor classrooms.

All students participated in age-appropriate service activities, creating a new resource for the school and the community.

To view a video of the project visit http://www.parasol.org.

Jean Eick is Communications Manager for Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation.

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