The annual AmeriCorps Service Week this year for PATH and First 5 Service Corps members was timed perfectly to coincide with efforts on behalf of agencies and nonprofits focused on giving back to the community during the Easter Holiday Season as well as Child Abuse Prevention Month. With the foundation of the project laid out with the intent of “Nurturing our Nurturers” in San Bernardino County, our AmeriCorps member Michelle Koperski organized a week-long project assisting Community Action Partnership in their efforts of supplying families and individuals in need specifically for the Easter Holiday Weekend.
The first half of the week consisted of assisting employees working at the food bank warehouse for Community Action Partnership which accepts large donations of food, other essential basic living items, and even toys and furniture which are then regularly dispersed among nonprofits and agencies all across San Bernardino County as a means of assistance in fighting poverty in our communities. Agencies and nonprofits requesting items are sent pallets of food or whatever it is they are requesting to ensure that the communities they serve are provided with a nourishing amount of these necessities. AmeriCorps members from PATH and First 5 Service Corps programs assisted in building these pallets with a combined effort from AmeriCorps members from Youth Action Project who helped multiply the output of food to locations across the county assisting those in need over the Easter Holiday.
For the latter part of the Service Week, the AmeriCorps members were able to receive a large donation of hygiene products and other essentials from Community Action Partnership which were then organized, packaged, and sent as a donation to families housed by Option House Inc. and the Time For Change Foundation which are both organizations in San Bernardino, CA that help disenfranchised individuals and families rebuild their lives from whatever difficulties they have previously experienced. AmeriCorps Service Week 2019 has displayed the First 5 AmeriCorps Team’s ability to collaborate effectively with other agencies and lead an organized effort in serving the people of their communities. We hope that more opportunities will present themselves in the future that will allow our AmeriCorps members to serve their communities in an impactful way that will encourage more collaboration with other AmeriCorps members across the county as well as creating opportunities to serve alongside individuals that live within all communities to help create a united effort to make San Bernardino County a place that is nurtured proudly by its residents.