A day off for most was a day on for AmeriCorps members at the College Possible Omaha office on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King was honored and celebrated as leadership staff and AmeriCorps members divided into four teams and performed more than 80 service hours the morning of January 15. Team members were thanked by those who benefited from the volunteer hours, and recognized by the media as local affiliates from all four networks covered the work being done. Hours were served at Carole’s House of Hope, Food Bank of the Heartland, No More Empty Cups and Lutheran Family Services.
“Giving back to the community is an important component of College Possible,” states Arvin Frazier, executive director. “Not only do we focus on academics, but we also make sure to incorporate giving back to the community and volunteering into our program. We are grateful for these young, idealistic leaders who work towards making a difference in the community each and every day.”
May 22 kicked off College Possible’s annual Spring Service Days at Ralston High School. More than 40 Ralston High School students collected clean, old t-shirts to cut and turn into dog toys. The dog toys were then donated to Town & Country Humane Society in Papillion. College Possible’s leadership staff, AmeriCorps members and students participate in Spring Service Days throughout the months of March and April. Projects include making placemats for Children’s Hospital, helping to Keep Omaha Beautiful by cleaning neighborhood parks, serving coffee to residents at Welcov Assisted Living Center and volunteering at Bellevue Public Library, Boys & Girls Club and a local thrift store, The Humble Lily.
“These are the days we can look back on with pride and use as a cornerstone for our future work, states Arvin Frazier.
Read the story about Ralston High School students here: https://bit.ly/2ILdpXn.