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Tahoe AmeriCorps program one of America’s most innovative

Special to the Bonanza

The 2014 edition of “Transforming Communities through Service: A Collection of the Most Innovative AmeriCorps State and Volunteer Generation Fund Programs in the United States” features the Nevada AmeriCorps program at the Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation among 32 case studies throughout 21 states.

The 2014 edition commemorates the 20th anniversary of AmeriCorps and state service commissions, the statewide governor-appointed agencies leading the nation’s service movement and AmeriCorps state programming.

Programs featured in the publication address a range of issues from early childhood literacy to public safety. In addition to highlighting the program’s primary focus area, the publication recognizes those programs having a significant impact in the focus areas of rural communities, veterans and military families, and disaster services.

“National and community service programs are providing opportunities for citizens to play an active role in addressing community needs,” said Susan Stroud, executive director of Innovations in Civic Participation. “We hope everyone who reads these profiles will be inspired by the tales of ordinary citizens transforming their communities through service.”

The Parasol AmeriCorps program focuses meeting the needs of the Lake Tahoe community through many avenues, including much-needed services to underserved areas to help Nevadans improve their health through assistance, prevention and intervention; creating and implementing programs that give children and youth the opportunity to learn and achieve; increasing water efficiency; and supporting positive environmental behavioral changes.

“We are very honored that our AmeriCorps Program has been recognized as an innovative program in this publication,” said Claudia Anderson, CEO of Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation. “We’re thankful to have such an enthusiastic AmeriCorps team serving our community as well as such a supportive state commission, Nevada Volunteers. They make our success possible.”

The publication can be viewed at www.statecommissions.org. Learn more about Parasol and the AmeriCorps program at parasol.org.