AmeriCorps to present Mach with National Leadership Award
STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Rep. Stefanie Mach, D-Tucson (District 10), is one of only 20 AmeriCorps alumni from across the nation who will receive a National Leadership Award from the organization as part of its 20th anniversary celebration.
Nearly a million people have served in AmeriCorps since the organization was founded in 1994. Mach participated in the AmeriCorps program from 2002 through 2003. She made the decision to dedicate a year of service to her country following the Sept. 11 tragedy. During that year, she responded to a flood disaster with the American Red Cross, taught elementary school children, built hiking trails, assisted with the construction of five homes with Habitat for Humanity and helped to maintain a wildlife preserve.
“I am so grateful for the experiences I had with AmeriCorps,” Mach said. “This organization helped me embrace my potential for leadership. It taught me that when you work closely with a dedicated team you can accomplish a myriad of difficult tasks. I gained a true understanding of the value of a strong community, the confidence to take on new challenges and lifelong friends who are now like family.”
Mach, and the 19 other award recipients, were selected because of their exemplary commitment to service. On Sept. 12, President Barack Obama will lead a ceremony that will feature recommitment pledges from the alumni at the White House to mark AmeriCorps’ anniversary. Additionally, there will be dozens of events throughout the country.
Mach will receive her award at the Arizona celebration on Friday, Sept. 12 at 7 a.m. at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School for Journalism and Mass Communication in Phoenix at 555 N. Central Ave.
“We are inspired by the wealth of talent our national awards competition revealed, proving that those who serve continue to make a difference at the highest levels of public, private and nonprofit leadership,” said AmeriCorps Alums Co-Executive Directors Mary Bruce and Ben Duda. “AmeriCorps alumni are not just emerging leaders. They are already leading our communities at home and abroad.”
For a full list of award winners, go to http://twenty.americorpsalums.org/meet-americorps-alums. For more information, visit www.AmeriCorpsAlums.org.