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(J.R.H. 136)

Offered by: Representative Tracy of Burlington.

Whereas, AmeriCorps began in 1994 as a partnership between the federal government and state commissions, and

Whereas, more than 600 persons have served as AmeriCorps volunteers in Vermont under the auspices of the Vermont Commission on National and Community Service, and

Whereas, AmeriCorps volunteers have served as outstanding citizen volunteers in diverse Vermont organizations including the Vermont Youth Development Corps of the Washington County Youth Services Bureau, Lyndon State College's Literacy in the Kingdom and Northeast Kingdom Initiative and the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps, and

Whereas, these outstanding young Vermonters have assisted in disaster relief operations, helped to preserve the scenic Vermont environment, introduced and made accessible the joy of reading for both children and adults, and improved the daily lives of thousands of Vermonters, and

Whereas, October 20, 1999 marked the fifth anniversary of the establishment of AmeriCorps and on October 29, 1999, a special Vermont AmeriCorps commemoration was held at the State House, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates both the Corporation for National Service and its affiliate, the Vermont Commission on National and Community Service, as they commence a second half-decade of service to the United States of America, and, in particular, to the state of Vermont, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Harris Wofford, the chief executive officer of the Corporation for National Service in Washington, D.C. and to Jane Williams, the executive director of the Vermont Commission on National Service.