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AmeriCorps Members 2013-2014

AmeriCorps Members 2013-2014

Every third Monday in January, we celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. and as AmeriCorps members we participate in the national day of service event held in honor of MLK. AmeriCorps members are committed to service, so this day is an extension of our mission. We step outside of our service commitment and help other charitable organizations whose mission is to change lives in their communities. This year, we had the privilege of working with the Reston Association, focusing our efforts on organizing the multitude of toys, games, and electronics donated to The Closet.

All eight AmeriCorps members from Loudoun Literacy Council, Literacy Council of Northern Virginia, and BEACON for Adult Literacy came out to give a helping hand.  As the day began, we were first introduced to the founder of the city of Reston, Robert E. Simon. After a motivational speech by Simon, we were set to begin work organizing toys and games. Carrie and Renato began organizing and pricing stuffed animals, Xavier and Stephen made sure all the electronic games were operating correctly, and Tristan, Candace, Joe, and Shani organized the many pieces of puzzles and board games to be priced and sold.

We were able to learn a lot more about The Closet and how their organization plays a major role in the community. Founded in 1974 as a way to assist low-income families by supplying quality used clothing at affordable prices, The Closet has expanded and reaches communities in Herndon, western Fairfax County, and eastern Loudoun. To learn more about The Closet, please click here.

It was great to see the incredible amount of donations and it was even better to be a part of something that has such a direct effect on the community at large. Every volunteer worked without break, determined to organize and price as many items as possible. It was such a great experience to meet others who share the commitment to volunteerism.

Although our year of service ends in August, we will take this experience and continue volunteering our services at future MLK National Day of Service events.

Carrie Robinson

AmeriCorps Member 2013-2014

Loudoun Literacy Council


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