Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives Announces Volunteer Maryland 2019 Early Achievements

Nearly 4,000 Volunteers Mobilized, More Than 33,000 Hours Served Across Maryland

News Release, Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives

ANNAPOLIS, MD –The Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives announced today thatVolunteerMaryland, an AmeriCorps program within their office, has released their quarterlyvolunteernumbers for the current service year, which runs from August 2018 to July 2019. AmeriCorps members have mobilized nearly 4,000volunteers, including 2,331 newvolunteers, and served more than 33,000volunteerhours at various nonprofit organizations, government agencies, or schools. Members help these organizations to address complex community issues including human trafficking, environmental stewardship, education, hunger, and housing/shelter assistance.

“Marylandhas a proud history of promoting service and civic engagement, so it’s no wonderMarylandhas been ranked among the top 10 states in the U.S. forvolunteeringand charitable giving,” said Governor Larry Hogan. “We commend the continuing efforts ofVolunteerMarylandand encourage all Marylanders to join our efforts to improve our state through service.”

There are currently 26VolunteerCoordinators serving in organizations throughout the state, including two members serving inVolunteerMaryland’s main office as Peer Leaders.

“Today, we celebrate and thankVolunteerMarylandfor their unwavering support ofMarylandcommunities over the past 25 years,” said Steven McAdams, Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives. “We have seen first-hand the incredible impactVolunteerMarylandAmeriCorps members have had in the community – allowing nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and schools to increase capacity and recruitvolunteers.”

To engage more Marylanders online,VolunteerMarylandlaunched a social media campaign to highlight the impact of members throughout the years. The campaign will be featured onFacebook,Twitter, andInstagram. Over the first quarter of 2019,VolunteerMarylandsocial media engaged 12,000 followers and welcomed nearly 3,000 new visitors to the website.

VolunteerMarylandalso recently celebrated its 25th anniversary, recognizing that over that time, the organization has partnered with over 300 organizations and mobilized over 135,000volunteersfor a total of 2 million hours served.

“OurVolunteerMarylandAmeriCorps members do incredible work, so we are always excited to celebrate the impact they make acrossMarylandcommunities,” said Nicole Fiocco, Director ofVolunteerMaryland. “It is through their commitment to national service that we are making communities stronger, healthier, and safer.”

VolunteerMarylandhas received over 35 applications from service organizations for the 2019-2020 service year, 16 of which are returning organizations. For more information on becoming a Service Site, visithttps://volunteer.maryland.gov/servicesites/.

AmeriCorps member recruitment forVolunteerMarylandruns through late August. If you or someone you know is interested in serving as aVolunteerMarylandAmeriCorps member, visit:http://volunteer.maryland.gov/acm/.

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