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Photo by Tamie Meck AmeriCorps VISTA members Arianna Sherman, left, Beata Ramza, Shane Sobotka and Deirdre Morrison attend the March 27 Paonia town board meeting ahead of the April 3 National Day of Service.

According to the Corporation for National & Community Service, in 2016, more than 7,000 SeniorCorps and AmeriCorps members provided services to 1,112 sites in Colorado.

Six AmeriCorp VISTA volunteers currently provide services in the North Fork area. Four of them, including Beata Ramz and Shane Sobotka with Solar Energy International (SEI), Deirdre Morrison with Elsewhere Studios, and Arianna Sherman with the Community Opioid Response Program, came before the Paonia town board last week. They were there to request support for local AmeriCorps volunteers in recognition of the April 3 as National Day of Service. They requested that the town state its support on the AmeriCorps website.

April 3 marked the sixth annual national recognition day, which was designated in honor of AmeriCorps members and SeniorCorps volunteers through recognition events, proclamations, and social media presence.

The six local VISTA members celebrated National Day of Service by volunteering with A Little Help Paonia to provide spring cleaning, yard work and other basic services to its elderly members.

"We hope that you support AmeriCorps work and the service that we're providing in the county," said Ramza, who worked the past year with SEI's economic revitalization team and with local high schools to include solar technical training to high school students. The program provides students with entry-level knowledge to enter the growing solar energy industry.

"We really appreciate the support," said Ramza.

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