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ServeNext Miami host 2nd Anniversary Party for the Serve America Act

Posted by Jerry Duchene Saavedra on April 27, 2011

Post by Catherine Houlihan:

On Thursday, April 21, 2011, from 6-8pm at The Farm in Little Haiti (Miami), Florida, ServeNext Miami hosted a 2nd Anniversary party for the Serve America Act. A group of ten service professionals/volunteers from throughout Miami-Dade County attended the event to meet about the importance of the Serve America Act, discuss the mission of ServeNext Miami, eat wine and cheese on the beautiful and tropical deck of The Farm in Little Haiti (surrounded by ostriches, turkeys, hens, and goats!), write letters to Senators Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio, and enjoy a two-tiered, home baked buttercream cake! The following individuals were in attendance:

  • Catherine Houlihan, ServeNext Miami 2011 Community Organizer/AmeriCorps VISTA alum/Best Buddies International Grant Writer
  • Harold Silva, ServeNext Miami 2011 Deputy Organizer/Center for Community Involvement Campus Coordinator at Miami-Dade College/Executive Director for Latin America and Caribbean at Service For Peace
  • Korrin Stanek, Assistant Director of Orientation & Commuter Student Services at Florida International University
  • Georges Final of Service for Peace International
  • Marea Perea of Florida International University and Service for Peace International
  • Ross Torrence, City Year Miami Young Hero and I Have a Dream-Overtown, Inc. Dreamer
  • Madelaine Cardona, Teacher at South Florida Autism Charter Schools
  • Demetrius Dozier, Best Buddies Ambassador
  • Michael Pearson, Best Buddies International Deputy Director of Programs

Demetrius Dozier (left) is a Best Buddies Miami participant with autism spectrum disorder. Demetrius speaks on behalf of buddies with intellectual and developmental disabilities throughout the country, reminding communities that people with disabilities can have and maintain friendships AND employment. At the event, he wrote a thank you letter to Senator Bill Nelson for his continuous support for service and the Corporation for National and Community Service. This was truly awe-inspiring.

Ross Torrence (age 13, right) wrote his very first letters to members of congress. He wrote a thank you letter to Senator Bill Nelson as well as a letter urging Senator Marco Rubio to support service and funding to the Corporation. Both letters included a written request for their stance on the 2012 budget plan in regards to funding for CNCS.

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