Promising to “get things done for America,” 26 new members of AmeriCorps Monterey County United for Literacy were sworn in September 15 to begin a year of service to the community. Congressman Sam Farr, U.S. House of Representatives 20th District, administered the AmeriCorps oath during a ceremony at the Monterey Office of Education in Salinas.
The new AmeriCorps members will serve a minimum of 1700 hours during the program year as reading tutors, offering one-to-one reading assistance to kindergarten through 4th graders during school and in extended programs at schools in Salinas, Greenfield and King City.
Now in its sixteenth year, the program’s mission is to enable Monterey County children to read well and independently by the end of the third grade so they can read to learn in the fourth grade and beyond.
Congressman Farr told AmeriCorps members that they are fighting a modern war on poverty. “Many Americans – even some here in Monterey County – don’t have access to education, health care, and a safe place to sleep,” he said. “The only way to break that cycle of poverty is to go there, live it, gain their trust and confidence, and help them learn the skills they need to succeed.”
AmeriCorps is a national program that engages more than 75,000 Americans in intensive service each year at nonprofits, schools, public agencies, and community and faith-based groups across the country. AmeriCorps members commit to a year of service to meet critical community needs in education, public safety, health, and the environment.