Frostburg State University AmeriCorps Programs Honored on Day of Recognition for National Service

May 3, 2017 12:10 PM

Frostburg Mayor Robert Flanigan recognized the contributions of the Western Maryland AmeriCorps program Appalachian Service Through Action and Resources (A STAR!) for its contributions to the region as part of AmeriCorps Mayors and County Day of Recognition for National Service earlier this month.

A STAR! is administered through Frostburg State University’s Office of Civic Engagement, serving Garrett, Allegany, Washington and Frederick counties in Maryland. A STAR! partners with 14 agencies, with a focus on K-12 education and hunger programs. Last year, AmeriCorps members provided services to 4,357 people, served 2,141 disadvantaged youth/children and leveraged 562 volunteers through its volunteer clearinghouse program Volunteer Opportunities in the Community Environment.

“The City of Frostburg recognizes the importance of volunteers and the impact that AmeriCorps members have on the communities they serve,” Flanigan said. “The service you provide as ECHOSTAR and A STAR members is invaluable.”

Some of the Frostburg-area organizations served by A STAR! and ECHOSTARS include Allegany County Public Schools, County United Way’s Bridges To Opportunity program, Evergreen Heritage Center, Frostburg Center for Literary Arts, Frostburg Grows, Read to Succeed Mentoring, Salvation Army and YMCA of Cumberland.

The AmeriCorps program at FSU also includes the student program ECHOSTARS, which stands for Empowering Communities – Helping Others – Service Through Action, Resources & Sustainability. These students take the Introduction to Higher Education course, serve 300 hours at local after-school programs and participate in related opportunities. ECHOSTARS members are an exemplary illustration of experiential learning as they serve together and navigate their first year at FSU.

The recognition day highlights and thanks AmeriCorps members, with the initiative led by the National League of Cities, National Association of Counties, Cites of Service and the Corporation for National and Community Service. More than 4,000 mayors participated in the day.

For more information about AmeriCorps programs at FSU, visit www.frostburg.edu/sci/civic-engagement-home, call A STAR! Director Lisa Clark at 301-697-3359 or call the Office of Civic Engagement at 301-687-4210.

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