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AmeriCorps works!

Special to the Sun

Courtesy Family Resource Center of TruckeeAmeriCorps volunteer Emalie Diaz-Sundale (wearing the hat) at the Family Resource Center of Truckeeand#8217;s Dr. Seuss Family Fun Night.

TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; March 10-18, 2012 is AmeriCorps Week, a week to recognize the incredible impact AmeriCorps members have on communities across the nation. This yearand#8217;s theme, and#8220;AmeriCorps Works,and#8221; highlights the effective work AmeriCorp members are achieving every day through a wide network of public and nonprofit organizations. Membersand#8217; service is aimed at providing direct service and capacity building in areas of critical community need including education, health, environment and child welfare, in addition to many others.

Locally, the positive impact of AmeriCorps is apparent in AmeriCorps member Emalie Sundaleand#8217;s service at the Family Resource Center of Truckee (FRCoT). Sundale (formerly Emalie Diaz), grew up in Truckee and returned to her hometown after graduating from Westmont College in Santa Barbara. Sundale began her AmeriCorps term as a Family Support Aid at the FRC in the fall of 2011, citing her desire to give back to the community that had given her so much. Sundale is doing just that, as she works closely with families to help them create social connections, access concrete support and build resilience in the face of various challenges. Sundaleand#8217;s passion for building healthy families and strong communities shows in her work at the FRC and in the greater Truckee community. As AmeriCorps Week is celebrated nationwide, Sundaleand#8217;s significant service within the Truckee community certainly stands to be recognized.

For more information on AmeriCorps and the Family Resource Center of Truckee visit http://www.americorps.gov and http://www.truckeefrc.org.

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