I Have The Heart of A Teacher – #AmeriCorpsWorks

By Renee Irwin I graduated from IUP with a Bachelor’s Degree in English Writing. I had huge plans. I was going to make a name for myself at a local newspaper and write for online magazines. I started applying for jobs right away, only to discover that nobody wanted to hire me. I had no experience, and to my surprise, nobody wanted to give me any experience to put onto a resume. I was stuck. I … [Read more...]

Matt Heselton-One In a Million

AmeriCorps National Service Celebrates the one millionth service member this month. One of those first million members is Matthew Heselton. #1of1million. Matt  served with the Pennsylvania Mountain Service Corps AmeriCorps 2011-2013.  We caught up with Matt this summer at an AmeriCorps year end celebration event at Outdoor Odyssey, where he served. Matt, now a third year medical student, was … [Read more...]

Special Initiatives Broaden Service Reach – #AmeriCorpsWorks

Pennsylvania Mountain Service Corps AmeriCorps Members serve at one of 75 host sites throughout 16 counties in the PA Alleghenies. Members also support regional community projects. The Special Olympics is one such community project supported by PMSC AmeriCorps. Hundreds of athletes, coaches, family, friends and volunteers descended upon Seven Springs Ski Resort in Southwest Pennsylvania, … [Read more...]

Healing Arts Supports Recovery – #AmeriCorps Works

As an AmeriCorps member serving at BOTTLE WORKS, I have the opportunity to coordinate Healing Arts programming  for certain in-need audiences. At Peniel Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Center, we offer both Creative Writing and Photography for residents who are in the last phases within their recovery process. During the Creative Writing workshop, we have been able to reach this population … [Read more...]

“You Helped Me Read” – #AmeriCorpsWorks

Johnny, a 3rd grade student I tutor for reading, ran up to me one morning to tell me he read a book all by himself.  It was the first time he was ever able to do it.  He looked at me and said, "I can read, because you helped me." It's a very simple story, but knowing how much Johnny struggles can give some perspective; Johnny is in third grade, but when he was assessed at the beginning of the … [Read more...]

#AmeriCorpsWorks – Thanks To YOU

Happy AmeriCorps Week! Thanks to YOU.  Through public-private partnerships, National Service is made possible across the country and here in Southwest Southcentral Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania Mountain Service Corps AmeriCorps applauds and celebrates Local National Service since 1994, where thousands have served at hundreds of locations, addressing the region's most pressing needs. … [Read more...]

Privileged to Serve Those Who Served

"As a Pennsylvania Mountain Service Corps AmeriCorps member at the Outdoor Odyssey Leadership Academy, I have the unique opportunity to not only work with youth from the local community and across the country, but also many of our nation’s service members through our Semper Fi Odyssey Program. Semper Fi Odyssey is a translational leadership program aimed to assist both veterans and recently … [Read more...]

PMSC AmeriCorps Kicks Off 15-16 Term of National Service

70 PMSC AmeriCorps members began their term of National Service this week with the orientation of the first cohort. "I am so excited to get started. This is perfect for me. As a certified teacher this allows me to get to know the kids and work with them every day. This is much better than subbing, and the loan forbearance, health care, and education award make for a great opportunity all … [Read more...]

Must Read: National Service Blog Features PMSC

On April 17 and 18, Pennsylvania Mountain Service Corps (PMSC) AmeriCorps members joined the “Plant a Tree at Flight 93” project for National Park Week by removing invasive species from 10 acres near the area where United Flight 93 went down in southwestern Pennsylvania and to help facilitate the planting of 22,000 seedlings at the memorial site. Read the full National Service Blog Post here … [Read more...]

I Love Going to Serve Every Day

"I love going to serve everyday and know that I am there to help make a difference in someone's life. I am there to help share in a student's education and be a very influential part in their thoughts about school, especially math. I get to share in their academic ventures but also get to know the students and understand each of their backgrounds. Most of the students I work with have just come … [Read more...]