Playworks New England Celebrates AmeriCorps Week

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Each year during AmeriCorps Week, Playworks recognizes the commitment of our AmeriCorps members by highlighting the extraordinary impact they make across the nation every day. This year, from March 4–11, we will be celebrating AmeriCorps Week by saluting members and alums for their service, thanking community partners, and sharing about how #AmeriCorpsWorks with stories from the communities we serve. Playworks AmeriCorps members have been #GettingThingsDone by making playgrounds safer and more fun for thousands of children across the country. 

Playworks New England is proud to participate in AmeriCorps Week and recognize our group of AmeriCorps coaches! Below, each AmeriCorps member describes why it is important to serve.

Andrea Tran–"I serve because . . . I know the impact I can make with the kids. By serving, I am helping students to learn how to be kind to others, through playing games, doing recess, and class game time."

Christopher Fimani–"I serve because . . . I like watching people succeed and do great things and I will do whatever I can to help that.”

Colin McDonough–"I serve because . . . there are a lot of children who unfortunately have rough childhoods. By being there for them, there’s a chance their adulthood will be better. Some of the mistakes they’re making in school can be changed before they are too old. There have been so many people in my life that have helped, encouraged, and supported me. I don’t have the capability to pay them back, so I have to pay it forward.”

Fidelis Teixeira–"I serve because . . . the most important things to me are being able to work a job that tests your abilities but also doing it while feeling the true impact of the community."
Gregory Barnes–"I serve because . . . every person is a collection of experiences. I wouldn’t be who I am if so many people hadn’t cared about me in my lifetime. So I choose to use portions of my life to do the same."
Kendall Williams–"I serve because . . . Helping the community, spreading kindness to my neighbors, and showing compassion have always been a part of me. Serving gives me a great sense of fulfillment, knowing it is for the good of humanity."
Manny Fuentes– "I serve because . . . I grew up in the community that I serve. I want to give back to the community that gave so much to me. Serving with AmeriCorps has given me the opportunity to make a difference in a young child's life."
Molly Blake–I serve because . . . I am passionate about building relationships with all types of people. Being able to work with the students at the Gardner Pilot Academy every day has made me appreciate my job and my service to the community."
Rodney Croxen–"I serve because . . . I have made it my life choice to help change the environment of our school. Students need to hear positive language and examples of positive behavior."
Ryan Thomas–"I serve because . . . service gives me the opportunity to give back to something I care about. As big and as small as that might be, every little bit counts."
Sarah Papa–"I serve because . . . acceptance and equality are not granted overnight. Through AmeriCorps’ service, I can help erase hate and discriminating thoughts with kids at a young age. The future is shaped through the success of the community and the kids so it’s crucial to serve." 

Stella Ajayi–"I serve because . . . there are many changes I would love to see happen in my community. I serve to build relationships, meet new people, and give back to my city. I serve to create peace. I serve to see what changes are made and what is still in need of change. I serve to take ownership in the neighborhood I grew to love.”

Learn more about becoming a Playworks AmeriCorps member.


The Massachusetts Service Alliance (MSA), established in 1991, is a private, nonprofit organization that serves as the state commission on service and volunteerism. MSA promotes and supports service and volunteerism by investing public and private resources in community-based organizations that rely upon volunteers and people engaged in service to meet their community's needs. MSA administers the AmeriCorps State program for Massachusetts and the Commonwealth Corps program, as well as support for community service learning, and volunteer generation initiatives.

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