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Ingham County and City of Lansing to celebrate National Service members

LANSING, Mich. – City and county officials will come together on April 4 for Mayor and County Recognition Day for National Service to celebrate Ingham County’s national service members who contribute thousands of hours of service annually.

The event will be hosted by the Power of We AmeriCorps programs at the Michigan Historical Center located at 702 W. Kalamazoo Street in Lansing at 1 p.m. Ginna Holmes, Executive Director of the Michigan Community Service Commission, and Debbie Edokpolo, Ingham County Deputy Health Officer, are among those scheduled to speak at the event. Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero will also be in attendance.

“AmeriCorps members have positive and lasting impacts. Their contributions are critical to addressing some of their community’s greatest challenges, issues like literacy, homelessness, access to care and public safety,” said Ingham County Health Officer Linda S. Vail. “This event gives us a chance to thank AmeriCorps members for the work they do in Ingham County.”

The Power of We Consortium, a program within the Ingham County Health Department, currently manages both an AmeriCorps State and an AmeriCorps VISTA program. Each has over a dozen projects. There are 38 members combined.

AmeriCorps members commit to either a full or half year of service. They receive a living stipend during their service as well as other benefits including an education award upon completion of the program.

Local organizations hosting or managing AmeriCorps members include the Greater Lansing Food Bank, Allen Neighborhood Center, Greater Lansing Housing Coalition,  Lansing Promise, the Michigan Nonprofit Association, Michigan’s Campaign to End Homelessness, the Community Economic Development Association of Michigan, Habitat of Michigan, Peckham, Senior Corps, and many more.