by Adel Barnes, LRCC AmeriCorps serving at SLA
On Monday, January 21st, our Lakes Region Conservation Corps (LRCC) AmeriCorps members attended City Year’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Day of Service in Manchester, NH. In addition to honoring MLK’s memory through service, this event marked the first opportunity that this year's LRCC AmeriCorps members engaged with other AmeriCorps members serving in programs across the state.
Manchester Mayor, Joyce Craig, kicked off the event with welcoming remarks and invited a small group of AmeriCorps members on stage—including the SLA’s own Kimberly Appleby—to share stories of their individual "Calls to Service" (Watch Kim's Speech Here!). Following this, attendees broke out into a number of workshops focused on topics such as gender identity, the impact of micro-aggressions, and the causes and implications of poverty in America. Although the LRCC AmeriCorps program focuses on environmental conservation, all societal activities are directly, or indirectly, linked to our natural resources.
In addition to these valuable trainings and interactions with other AmeriCorps volunteers throughout the Day of Service, this event marked the end of a month-long food drive done in Dr. King’s name. Each participating non-profit brought boxes filled with donated non-perishable food items that were then delivered to the local NH Food Bank. The Squam Lakes Association would like to thank those who donated items for this food drive, especially the Squam Lakes Marketplace who donated left over food from their seasonal store closing!
As the LRCC AmeriCorps members return to their service duties in the lakes region, they bring with them both a better awareness of issues impacting their communities, and a new perspective on their place within the greater framework of AmeriCorps service being done across New Hampshire.