ORONO – More than 6,500 Mainers have served as AmeriCorps members since the program began in 1993. On Tuesday, people from across the country took the pledge of service.
“I was looking for a job and I saw the ad for this and the words that popped out to me were ‘do you like to help people’,” said new AmeriCorps member Debbie Parker.
AmeriCorps helps communities address different needs through a network of programs. By swearing in, members commit to serve for three months to a year. The Maine Commission for Community Service funds the different AmeriCorps programs in the state.
The Maine Conservation Corps is one of those programs, and gives its volunteers an opportunity to do something impactful while also gaining useful experience.
“This is a really great way to get that experience as well because a lot of nonprofits or even federal or state conservation positions are pretty inaccessible,” said Maine Conservation Corps Environmental Steward Alexa Duchesneau.
Justice Andrew Mead of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court presided over the ceremony on Tuesday. Presenters from Maine’s congressional offices also spoke to members.
The pledge ceremony helped kick off the Blaine House Conference on Volunteerism, which helps engage citizens in service.