AmeriCorps CAN!

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To kick off the annual AmeriCorps Works Week which runs from March 9 – 17, the DC AmeriCorps Leadership Council and Serve DC orchestrated a service activity that encouraged AmeriCorps members throughout the city to come together, support one another and have a good time! Through the AmeriCorps CAN food drive, volunteers, current AmeriCorps members and alumni raised over 1,000 pounds of food for the Capital Area Food Bank throughout the month of February.

On March 9, the Council also coordinated a day of service, splitting volunteers into three equal teams for an afternoon of team (and CAN) building! The groups were challenged with building Washington, D.C. themed structures from the donated, nonperishable food items.

The CANstructions, built by each team, were judged by a representative from Serve DC, the CAFB and the DC AmeriCorps Leadership Council. The winning display, “Rooted in D.C.,” portrayed AmeriCorps volunteers as the root of a cherry blossom, our city’s famed flower.

We are so grateful for the support of Serve DC, DC AmeriCorps Leadership Council, and all active AmeriCorps members and alumni that spent their Saturday sorting canned goods and creating structures that will eventually become meals for the nearly 500,000 individuals and families that we serve annually in the Washington metro area. Every year, the Capital Area Food Bank welcomes many AmeriCorps volunteers to serve on staff and support our programs, so we know how truly valuable they are! We look forward to the second annual AmeriCorps CAN event!

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