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AmeriCorps Week in Des Moines with IA State Rep. Abdul Samad

Posted by Jerry Duchene Saavedra on May 16, 2011

Post by Jordan Jones, ServeNext Organizer for Des Moines

On a cold and drizzly morning last Saturday, dozens of AmeriCorps Alums and engaged citizens showed up to plant a community garden and build a streetscape in Des Moines’ King-Irving neighborhood. Using tools and equipment generously provided by Habitat for Humanity, we were able to create an asparagus garden for the local community and plant flowers along Forest Avenue. Popular state representative and community activist Ako Abdul Samad was on hand to kick off the event, reading from the governor’s official proclamation of AmeriCorps Week.

The event was spearheaded by Des Moines’ burgeoning AmeriCorps Alums chapter. The group’s demonstrated passion for service has already earned it national attention, as well as a grant that made the whole event possible. Thanks to the hard work of the chapter’s leaders, attendance was a good and everybody showed up ready to work.

Attendees ranged in age from toddlers to seniors and everyone got a good workout moving dirt, pulling weeds and hauling mulch. By the end, we were all tired, chilly and more than a little muddy. The result of our labors though, was the beautification of a sometimes troubled neighborhood—proof of what can happen when citizens decide to roll up their sleeves and serve their community.

All in all, it was a great way to begin AmeriCorps Week. Just one more reminder of the power of service

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