It’s AmeriCorps Week, and there are hundreds of events scheduled across the country to celebrate service and recruit volunteers. While we are not directly participating in this initiative, it’s important to give credit where credit is due, and we at The Surreal Estate owe a lot to AmeriCorps. Almost every full-time UHAB employee started out their career as an AmeriCorps volunteer, including 100% of the Organizing and Policy Department/The Surreal Estate. Currently, The Surreal Estate employs VISTAs, Avodahs, and Public Allies.
Some of you may have seen our BREAKING NEWS Video below. (If not, check it out!) While we jest, Rep. Paul Ryan’s 2012 budget would drastically reduce funding for AmeriCorps. This would endanger thousands of struggling non-profits (like UHAB! Donate to Brick-by-Brick!) who rely on AmeriCorps for dedicated, hard-working, and qualified employees. But lets call AmeriCorps what is really is (or what it also is): a major jobs program which has plugged many qualified individuals into meaningful and fulfilling careers.
So, in the spirit of the week: thanks AmeriCorps! We really and truly couldn’t do it without you!