As many of you may know, this week is AmeriCorps Week, seven days when we celebrate all things national service. After swearing in two new full-year VISTA members as well as Fairbanks' new Chief of Staff earlier this week, we all headed over to the Fairbanks Children's Museum for a morning service project.
While working on storage maintenance/culling/rearrangement, a camera crew from local television station KTVF filmed our maintenance work as well as interviewed most everyone involved. The story ran during this morning's news, and I am adding some photographs to round out how it looked from a participant's perspective. We thought we would only have enough time to tackle a portion of what needed to be addressed, but the entirety of the storage space's contents is now culled, organized, and ready for any staff member to easily and quickly access. Sometimes it is just this type of relatively simple resources management that can make a huge difference to a non-profit looking for ways, with limited time and staff, to quickly translate new ideas into practical programs. We were thrilled to say a big service thank-you this week in this way!
AmeriCorps week across the country kicked off officially this past Sunday, March 13th. Here in Fairbanks, we opened the celebrations with the swearing in of two new VISTA cohort members, along with the City's new Chief of Staff. He will be performing a service project this coming Thursday morning with the new VISTA members at the Fairbanks Children's Museum.
To honor all of the service VISTA members provide here in the Golden Heart city, please watch the first of several videos from each cohort member. These are self-made, all on cell phones, and capture the unrehearsed energy they bring to their respective service sites every day. I am thankful for all they do (and just a wee bit proud!).