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, all members have the opportunity to participate in a broader Corps community creating a service experience that encourages collaboration.
Occurring at the beginning of each of our program terms, Member Orientation generally lasts 5-6 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 other activities designed to help better understand the community and new roles.
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 engaging, topical presentations, local graduate school opportunities, resume workshops, among other things. 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.
During the holiday season, CAC AmeriCorps members gather for a potluck style meal. Each member brings their favorite dish for a casual afternoon of food, games, and fun – it’s a member and staff favorite event each year!
Once the bustle of the holidays settle down, CAC AmeriCorps staff puts on a mid-year retreat to give members an opportunity to re-connect to their year of service. In the past there have been zombie mystery games, professional development training, opportunity for art, guided yoga practice, member-led sessions, and home made soups.
September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance – Website
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.