AmeriCorps 2010 Members of the Year

Thu, 2011-01-13 10:55 -- sysop

PAWLEYS ISLAND, SC - The South Carolina Commission for National and Community Service has honored Farrah Norris of Anderson, South Carolina and Jessica Miller of Landrum, South Carolina as the 2010 AmeriCorps Members of the Year.

Norris and Miller were honored Thursday, June 10 at a ceremony held at Brookgreen Gardens in Pawley's Island, South Carolina. Suzanne Piper, Chairman of the South Carolina Commission for National and Community Service, presented the awards.

Farrah Norris was nominated by United Way of Anderson County for her AmeriCorps work with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Anderson.

The mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Anderson County is to help "at-risk" children reach their potential through professionally supported one-on-one mentoring relationships. She was instrumental in revitalizing this program and achieved a record-breaking number of matches between children and mentors.

Farrah Norris is an Alumnus of Travelers Rest High School and Anderson University, where she was very active in volunteering, student activities and dance. Norris was Miss Duncan-Lyman-Welford in 2008 and won the Miss South Carolina non-finalist Talent Award. She is the daughter of Buzz and Kim Norris and has a brother, Zack.
Throughout Norris' life she has excelled in every path she has taken.

"I believe with her education, her desire to seek a Master's Degree in Non-Profit Management and the experience she has received from her work with AmeriCorps, Farrah will make a difference in the community where she decides to live and work," said Carol Burdette, Chief Professional Officer of United Way of Anderson Coutny.
Jessica Miller was nominated by Matt Holmes, Foothills AmeriCorps Program Director. She has been an active AmeriCorps member with Spartanburg District One since August 2009.

Miller is a high school senior at Landrum High School where she is involved in Beta Club, the Cardinal Pride Marching Band and the track and field team. She has had perfect attendance her entire school career and is ranked number five in her class.

Miller loves to volunteer. She has led a food drive for Spartanburg Soup Kitchen, held clothing drives at the Salvation Army and volunteered with numerous disaster-preparedness projects, the local library and the community center.

Michelle Dover from Landrum High School describes Jessie as having "proven herself to be compassionate, diligent, and gifted."
Miller has so much passion for all the work she does for her community and it shows in her work. Foothills AmeriCorps Program Director, Matt Holmes, said, "She never has a bad day, always smiles, and the students light up when she arrives."

These two young women have worked very hard to serve their communities through their local AmeriCorps programs.

#About UWASC's Commission on National & Community Service#

Governor Carroll Campbell established the South Carolina Commission on National and Community Service to support community service initiatives in the State and to administer grants under the National and Community Service Trust Act of 1993. In December 2007, by Executive Order of Governor Mark Sanford, the United Way Association of South Carolina was appointed as the governing authority of the Commission.

Our mission is to improve South Carolina communities through volunteerism and national service programs. Our vision is to promote and increase: (1) an ethic of service and volunteerism in the State of South Carolina, (2) the capacity of faith-based and community organizations within the state to better compete for funding opportunities and (3) the collaboration among the communities and organizations that are trying to meet the greatest needs of the Palmetto State.

One of main tools to achieve our mission are the grants the Commission makes to faith-based organizations, community nonprofits and educational agencies.  We encourage volunteerism for everyone from youth to seniors to people with disabilities; promote community solutions for disaster preparedness and response; and we help to strengthen and expand volunteer centers and other community-based organizations that use volunteers to accomplish their mission. Currently, the Commission funds 11 programs throughout the state with grants totaling more than $1,250,000.



 

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