Monday, October 3, 2011

AmeriCorps Alums eNewsletter

Welcome Americorps Alums!

Now that the semester is in full swing, we wanted to share some upcoming opportunities:

AmeriCorps Alums Happy Hour THIS Thursday!
Need a break from SPEA? Then join us at Yogi's this Thursday at 6PM for an AmeriCorps Alums Happy Hour! Have a drink, order some food and meet other AmeriCorps alumni. In addition, we'll discuss AmeriCorps Alums' Spring semester plans to promote national service at SPEA and around the IU campus.

Indiana Governor's Conference on Service & Volunteerism
October 12th, 10AM-5:15PM/October 13th, 7:30AM-2:45PM 
The office of Faith Based and Community Initiatives (OFBCI) is hosting the Indiana Governor's Conference in Indianapolis and they are currently looking for volunteers to monitor sessions and to help with setup.  It looks like a great opportunity for networking with current OFBCI staff, other leaders of nonprofits in Indiana, and John Gomperts, the current National Director of AmeriCorps.

Meet 'n Greet with AmeriCorps Director John Gomperts
October 12th, 6-8PM
The AmeriCorps Alums-Indianapolis Chapter will be hosting a happy hour in Indy after the Indiana Governor's Conference to give AmeriCorps Alums a chance to connect with the Director of AmeriCorps, John Gomperts.  The event will be at Thr3e Wise Men Brewing Co. in Broad Ripple.  
LeaderCorps Mentoring Opportunity
Megan Fetter, LeaderCorps and Inclusion Coordinator for OFBCI, has reached out to see if any of you are interested in serving as mentors for the new class of LeaderCorps members. The mentors will serve as a person that can share their own AmeriCorps experiences and help the LeaderCorps members make the most of their year.  Time commitment will be completely up to you.  If you are interested, please let us know and we will share more about the opportunity as we receive final details.

START's Rally for Service
During the last week of October, START will be organizing a week full of service-oriented events - including a non-profit fundraising challenge.  Teams form to compete against each other in raising money for a non-profit of their choice.  It would be great to show our support by creating an AmeriCorps Alums team.  Please let us know if there is a non-profit you are interested in sponsoring!  More details to come.

Volunteer of the Month
Each month during the school year, START will be recognizing a student who has gone beyond the call of duty as a graduate student and volunteered in the community. This recognition is open to all SPEA students--START member or not--and we are calling for nominations for October Volunteer of the Month. The deadline for nominations is Friday, Oct. 28, so if you've seen a SPEA student who has impressed you with their volunteerism, please send your nominations to today!

Thanks and have a great week!

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