ServeMinnesota has gathered some of our favorite recent social media posts about AmeriCorps and service. Follow our social platforms at @ServeMN and #IServeMN to let us know what posts you think are most noteworthy.
1. Twin Cities photographer Nate Ryan posted inspiring photos of Saint Paul Mayor Melvin Carter working alongside AmeriCorps members at Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity for a feature in Minnesota Monthly. Mayor Carter – right at home serving his community.
2. In Chicago, AmeriCorps members at City Year Chicago met up with a far more famous person in a red jacket (and white fur trim) to take part in their co-sponsored annual Food Drop with Chicago Transit Authority.
3. Members from Conservation Corps Minnesota and Iowa truly show the giving spirit as they leave for a trip to assist in recovery efforts following Hurricane Florence in North Carolina.
4. Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity posted about the importance of partnership and community in its work to help increase homeownership. The smiles of the family in this Facebook post really show the joy their service can bring to all involved, too.
5. Granted, most people at ServeMinnesota prefer their football players to wear purple and gold, but we appreciated Serve Illinois’ post about their “Volunteer of the Week” Matt Forte, who in addition to being a former Chicago Bear is also a great mentor to at-risk Chicago students.
6. Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus: Virginia McLaurin, a Senior Corps Foster Grandparent program member who happens to be 109 years old, recently sang an original song for the Harlem Globetrotters. The video is truly a gift.
7. It may be winter in Minnesota, but our Conservation Corps members work year-round (even when they are “nesting”).
8. This post is not specifically about service, but to serve your state is to love your state, and how can you not love a Minnesotan who kayaks the Mississippi River in the middle of December? (You need to take advantage of it not being frozen!) Thanks, @MattyBStory and Visit St. Paul.
(Photo at top of page by Christy Ohlrogge, Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity)