AmeriCorps Week is a weeklong recognition event designed to recognize the commitment of AmeriCorps members and alums by highlighting the extraordinary impact AmeriCorps makes across our nation every day.
AmeriCorps Week is a time to salute AmeriCorps members and alums for their service, thank AmeriCorps community partners, and communicate AmeriCorps impact on communities and on the lives of those who serve.
Build-A-Bed is a service project started by Kentucky AmeriCorps program directors in 2009. #BuildABed targets children in Kentucky that are living in homes with not enough beds, or none at all. This project is designed to promote healthy bedtime rituals, improve the quality of sleep, and create happier days, brighter dreams and more opportunities for a lifetime of success!
On April 16, three AmeriCorps programs (REACH Corps, ATEAM and MSUCorps) held Build-A-Bed projects across Kentucky, building and distributing 300-plus beds.
Check out photos on Facebook.
ATEAM and MSUCorps AmeriCorps programs, along with many community partners, built more than 460 beds for children in need in 10 sites across the Commonwealth.
MSUCorps build in Morehead/Rowan County (160 beds).
ATEAM's builds in the following nine counties: Barren, Crittenden, Daviess, Garrard, Graves, Hancock, Livingston, Marshall and Pulaski (300 beds).
With the celebration of the AmeriCorps 20th Anniversary during 2014, there was no designated AmeriCorps Week this year. Projects and events were ongoing throughout the year, including the nationwide swearing-in ceremony held on Sept. 12, 2014.
AmeriCorps Week is a time to salute AmeriCorps members and alums for their service, thank AmeriCorps community partners and communicate AmeriCorps impact on communities and on the lives of those who serve. Celebrated March 9-17, the theme was "AmeriCorps Works" to reflect AmeriCorps triple bottom line return on investment -- for the recipients of service, the people who serve and the larger community and nation.
Kentucky AmeriCorps programs participated in various projects and events including presentations on AmeriCorps, service projects, press releases, proclamations, supply drives and recruiting volunteers for local projects. Check out photos on the KCCVS Facebook page.
Watch a video about the 10 local Build-A-Bed projects organized by ATEAM and MSUCorps AmeriCorps programs on YouTube.
Learn more and see photos on the Build-A-Bed Facebook page.
Many of the Kentucky AmeriCorps programs were involved in regional builds and other projects to support the Build-A-Bed project that was the kick-off for 2010 AmeriCorps Week and the focus for the 2011 AmeriCorps Week, May 7-14, observance in Kentucky.
Build-A-Bed Update (May-June 2011)
Build-A-Bed photos on Flickr
Local build-a-bed project gets some tribal help (May 15, 2011)
Kentucky Guard hosts 3rd Annual Build-A-Bed Program at Boone Center (May 14, 2011)
May 11th Build-A-Bed: Richmond event
May 14th Build-A-Bed: Frankfort event
May 20th Build-A-Bed Roundtable: Morehead event
MSU Corps YouTube Video (March 15, 2011)
The fourth annual AmeriCorps Week took place May 8-15, 2010.
The national kickoff project for AmeriCorps Week, Build-A-Bed, the 24-hour bed building blitz, was a huge success. On May 8-9, nearly 1,000 volunteers built 545 beds for children in need.
Build-Blitz: Day 1*
Build-Blitz: Day 2*
ALL Build-A-Bed photos (KCCVS Flickr site)
Read the Lexington Herald-Leader news article, 545 beds for children built during blitz (May 10, 2010).
Read the press release, Volunteers Encouraged to Join Build-A-Bed Blitz for Children (May 5, 2010).
Watch the WHAS11 news clip from about Build-A-Bed (May 5, 2010).
Read the press release, Governor Beshear, First Lady Invite Volunteers to Join Service Project (April 14, 2010).
Governor Beshear has proclaimed May 8-15 as AmeriCorps Week in Kentucky. Check out the proclamation.
*Photos by David Bachert
Governor Steve Beshear proclaimed May 9-16 as AmeriCorps Week in Kentucky.
Read the CHFS press releases about Gov. Steve Beshear proclaiming AmeriCorps Week in Kentucky and about the AmeriCorps Week Build-A-Bed Project.
View the 2009 AmeriCorps Week Photo Gallery.
Read the Courier-Journal article about the Build-A-Bed project, Volunteers making beds for needy kids (May 13, 2009).
Read the Herald-Leader article about the Build-A-Bed project, Volunteers make new beds for poor children (May 20, 2009).
Read about MSU Corps' plans to celebrate AmeriCorps Week (May 4, 2009).