September 12 marks 20 years since President Clinton welcomed the first class of AmeriCorps – a program that connects Americans of all ages and backgrounds with opportunities to give back to their communities and their nation. AmeriCorps was founded one year after President Clinton signed the National and Community Service Trust Act of 1993, which paved the way for national service programs and spurred an ongoing movement of engaged citizens to create positive change across the United States. In two decades, more than 900,000 men and women have taken the AmeriCorps pledge, serving over one billion hours across the United States.
Here are 5 ways you can join us in celebrating the spirit of service this month:
- Make a Pledge. During this AmeriCorps anniversary, we hope that you’ll be inspired to make a difference in your own community. Be an agent of change and pledge to take 10 extra actions.
- Watch and share our tribute video to AmeriCorps’ 20th Anniversary. President Clinton reflects on the importance of AmeriCorps during its 20-year anniversary.
- Read inspiring stories of service. Leading up to September 12, we will be featuring stories of service – from those who helped bring AmeriCorps to life 20 years ago, to individuals who have taken the AmeriCorps pledge and dedicated their lives to creating positive change in their communities. Stay up to date with these stories on our blog.
- Watch the AmeriCorps Anniversary events live. The White House and the Clinton Presidential Center will be hosting AmeriCorps anniversary events on September 12 to recognize the 900,000 men and women who have taken the AmeriCorps pledge. Learn more about the live events and where to watch live at the White House event here and the Clinton Presidential Center event here.
- Follow the celebration. Stay up to date with how we’re celebrating AmeriCorps’ 20 years of service with our partners by following the conversation on Twitter and Facebook, or using the hashtag #AmeriCorps20.