AmeriCorps members serve in honor of MLK Day

01/15/2018

United Way of Greenville County’s AmeriCorps Upstate members volunteered at the Anderson Civic Center on Saturday, January 13, for a National Day of Service honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his legacy.

Team members served throughout Saturday morning to beautify the exterior of Anderson County’s largest sports and entertainment complex, an essential community asset.

This day of service was a continuation of efforts to partner with other local United Ways to strengthen communities. United Way of Anderson County hosted AmeriCorps State and National and VISTA members for the day.

“MLK Day of Service is an important experience for our national service members. It is a time to connect with others from all backgrounds and work together for the common good of a community,” said Alex Haymond, AmeriCorps Upstate Program Director.

The MLK Day of Service shines a spotlight on service as a powerful force to bridge economic and social divides–today and throughout the year. For AmeriCorps Upstate members, it was an opportunity to serve in a diverse capacity and engage in dialogue about ways the team can continue to address important community needs.

AmeriCorps Upstate is a collaborative national service program whose members dedicate one year of service to further United Way of Greenville County’s work in financial stability. A combined force of 21 state and national direct service members and nine VISTA Bridges members supported by 22 partner agencies promote workforce development, financial literacy, and economic opportunity across Greenville, Laurens, Anderson and Pickens counties.

To learn more about AmeriCorps Upstate and the United Way of Greenville County, visit unitedwaygc.org.

The MLK Day of Service is led by the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency that engages millions of Americans in service through its AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, and Volunteer Generation Fund programs and leads the nation's volunteering and service efforts. For more information, visit nationalservice.gov.