Tester hails public service as AmeriCorps turns 20

Senator: Volunteers ‘make Montana a better place to live’

(U.S. SENATE) – Senator Jon Tester today released the following statement in honor of the 20th Anniversary of AmeriCorps. AmeriCorps is a volunteer service organization that provides Montana with thousands of volunteers to help build affordable homes, assist veterans, maintain trails and support many other service projects:

“Congratulations to one of our nation’s top service organizations. AmeriCorps volunteers learn valuable skills and a solid work ethic as they make Montana a better place to live. I look forward to visiting more successful AmeriCorps projects around our state and seeing the positive difference volunteers make for Montanans.”

Tester regularly visits AmeriCorps projects, including a housing project in Butte last year.

Starting this month, AmeriCorps is celebrating its 20 years of serving Americans. Since its inception in 1993, more than 820,000 men and women have served as AmeriCorps volunteers. The volunteer service organization provided nearly 20,000 volunteers who performed more than 770,000 service hours in Montana in 2012.