Esprit De Corps is a French phrase meaning  the common spirit existing in the members of a group and inspiring enthusiasm, devotion, and strong regard for the honor of the group (Mirriam-Webster).  One of the major benefits of serving in CAC AmeriCorps is the plethora of opportunities not only to serve with excellent community partners, but also to collaborate with other members, and the corps as a whole, on shared projects.

Whether you serve in CAC AmeriCorps’s Environmental Program or VISTA program addressing Poverty, all members will have the opportunity to participate in a broader Corps community creating a service experience that encourages collaboration.

Orientation
Occurring at the beginning of each of our program terms, Member Orientation generally lasts either 4 or 5 days and allows staff to take care of all necessary paperwork and helps new members acclimate to the program, area and CAC AmeriCorps community.  During orientation, Members are engaged in team building, training and activities designed to help better understand the community.

Monthly Corps Meetings
Throughout the Corps Year, CAC AmeriCorps presents monthly Corps Gatherings to bring the Corps together to engage in targeted professional development, training and reflection opportunities.  Past Corps Meetings have included graduate school speed dating, guest speakers and trips to visit innovative projects in the East Tennessee Region.  These meetings are also a great opportunity for members to catch up with one another and staff and share what is going on at their sites.

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Members Visit the Local Motors Facility to Learn About 3D Printed Vehicles.

September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance – Website

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Established as an inspiring tradition as an annual forward-looking tribute to 911 victims, survivors, and those who rose up in service in response to these attacks.  One of CAC AmeriCorps’ all corps events.

Make A Difference Day – Website
One of the largest annual single days of service nationwide.  Volunteers from around the nation come together with a common mission: to improve the lives of others.  Held on the forth Saturday of every October, this is one of CAC AmeriCorps’ annual ‘All Corps’ events.  Opportunities are available to work with the CAC AmeriCorps office to coordinate activities for this event.  In 2016, CAC AmeriCorps, in partnership with the Dogwood Outdoor Coalition, helped leverage one of thirteen $10,000 national awards from TEGNA for it’s work with the Dogwood Elementary School Outdoor Classroom.

MLK Day – Website
Taking place on the third Monday in January each year, MLK Day is a way of honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  It is the only federal holiday observed as a national day of service. “a day on, not a day off.”  CAC AmeriCorps hosts an all-corps event on this day recognizing a life spent advancing equality, social justice, and economic opportunity for all.  VISTA members are encouraged to provide leadership to engage the broader corps in service that aims to eliminate community barriers to opportunity.

National Service Recognition Day – Website
A day where local leaders come together to honor AmeriCorps members and Senior Corps volunteers serving in their communities.

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CAC AmeriCorps, Senior Corps and Executive Leadership with Mayor Madeline Rogero and Senior Director of Community Relations, Avice Reid at the 2017 event.

Earthfest – Website – Facebook
16998182_1268588966523461_3804033200512773322_nEarthFest is an annual Earth Day celebration with several green objectives: provide family-friendly (pets included) environmental education, support our sustainable local marketplace, showcase responsible environmental leadership, and demonstrate low- to zero-waste principles.  Earthfest generally hosts between four to seven thousand participants and CAC AmeriCorps plays a critical role in the planning and execution of this event annually.  There are numerous leadership opportunities throughout the year related to the planning of this event through committees addressing topics like education, youth, entertainment, food, entertainment, vendors, zero waste, fundraising and logistics.