|EPRUS/AmeriCorps: Who Are We?
Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, "Make a career of Humanity...and you will make a greater person of yourself, a greater nation of your country, and a finer world to live in." In this spirit of service, the NCCC called denominat onal leaders together in January 1993 to address and respond to the L.A. uprisings. "What is the churches role in a violent society where children and youth are being neglected?" In that setting the NCCC envisioned inner-city programs where community service volunteers would meet the challenge and the needs of at-risk children, youth, and their families in faith based programs in the coming years. Their vision called for 5,000 such volunteers throughout the country. (A vision thought impossible by some). This year EPRUS/AmeriCorps in partnership with our member communions will place approximately 5,400 volunteers throughout the United States.
So what is EPRUS/AmeriCorps anyway? EPRUS/AmeriCorps is the national service program that provides thousands of Americans of all ages and backgrounds with education awards in exchange for a year or two of community service. EPRUS/AmeriCorps members h lp meet the nations critical needs in the areas of public safety, education, human needs, and the environment. Through hundreds of local efforts the Ecumenical Program for Urban Service (EPRUS) involves thousands of people in results-driven community service.
The Ecumenical Program for Urban Service of the National Council of the Churches of Christ - AmeriCorps is much more than a service program. It is a movement that unites diverse Americans in improving our neighborhoods. In communities large and small throughout America, EPRUS/AmeriCorps members are taking responsibility, learning valuable skills, an fulfilling their pledge to "get things done."
EPRUS/AmeriCorps is part of a tradition of service, and it represents America at its best — making a lasting difference while promoting the values of community, responsibility, and opportunity. M.L. King is often quoted with, "Everyone can be great because everyone can serve." You too can join thousands of other committed to "getting things done" in communities across America. Join us today!