The fourth year of Hartford AmeriCorps began last Tuesday,
October 6. Opening day was celebrated in front of City Hall with
Mayor Michael Peters addressing the group's new members. The
30 youths ages (17-25) (above), who will work with Hartford school
students this year, joined in calisthenics as they will every
Tuesday through Friday.
In addition to a federal grant of up to $329,000, Hartford AmeriCorps
is also supported financially by The City of Hartford, the Connecticut
Commission on National & Community Service, BankBoston, United
Technologies Corporation, Fleet Bank and Phoenix Home Life.
The Hartford elementary schools in which the members will serve
include Fred D. Wish, Maria Colon Sanchez, Parkville Community,
Ramon E. Betances and SAND.
Nationally, the AmeriCorps class of '98 has 25,000 members serving
in over 1,000 communities across America. Members concentrate
their efforts on four main concerns: education, public safety,
human needs and the environment.
Service is done with local and national charities and service
groups to meet the need of the communities they serve. In return
the members earn financial aid to help pay for college or pay
back student loans.
Hartford AmeriCorps is managed by Southend Community Services,
Inc. For additional information on the program contact Executive
Director Bob Rath at 296-5068 or AmeriCorps Program Director
Jeffrey Parks or 296-3521. Southend Community Services is located
at 427 Franklin Avenue, Hartford.