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Accomplishment Spotlight: AmeriCorps Members Promote Operation Homefront’s Troop Support Programs February 24, 2012

Posted by servicecorpsnews in Accomplishment Spotlight.
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Operation Homefront’s (OH) AmeriCorps members have proven themselves critical to their organization by making its programs more visible to the organization’s target population — servicemembers and families in need.

Operation Homefront is a national nonprofit organization that provides emergency assistance and practical and morale support for troops, their families and wounded warriors when they return home. OH sponsors nine AmeriCorps members to organize, promote and deliver OH programs and upgrade the aspects of the organization’s operations.

Mike Heymsfield, AmeriCorps communications specialist, and Elizabeth Crumley, AmeriCorps special projects coordinator are only two examples of the great work being done.

Among Mike’s activities, he provided coverage and support to Team Operation Homefront, a group of volunteers that raises funds for OH programs, when the team participated in the prestigious annual Marine Corps Marathon in October. The morning of the race, Mike helped OH staff setup an area where team members could rest at the conclusion of the marathon. During the event itself, Mike’s assignment was to take pictures of Team Operation Homefront runners during the marathon, which the organization could use in future publicity of the organization and its programs. After photographing the event, Mike returned to the tent to chat with members of Team Operation Homefront and thanked them for their volunteer service.

As for Elizabeth, she had her hands in many OH special events during her service term. Most recently, Elizabeth coordinated the distribution of free “sneak-peek” movie tickets for the movie, “Act of Valor,” to 150 servicemembers and new veterans over Super Bowl weekend.

“Super Bowl weekend provided more than just football to our nation’s bravest,” said Elizabeth.
The screenings were held in OH’s business locations at San Antonio, Texas and Washington, D.C. metro area, and also at the Super Bowl’s 2012 host city, Indianapolis, Ind. OH used this morale-building screening opportunity to introduce troops and veterans using the tickets to OH’s vast array of programs.

Elizabeth and Mike’s member experiences have been positive without question. As proof, Mike has chosen to serve a second AmeriCorps term at Operation Homefront and Liz has accepted a full-time position with the organization now that her service term has concluded. Thank you, Liz and Mike, for continuing to support the military community!

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