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.”
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.