WASHINGTON, Aug. 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Today the White House will welcome over 150 AmeriCorps Alumni leaders from 25 states for a day-long briefing. Since 1994, more than 775,000 Americans have served in AmeriCorps, and more than 80,000 will serve this year. The event will highlight AmeriCorps Alumni and public service as a pathway to opportunity and career advancement.
As part of the day-long program, the White House will honor Nicole Trimble as one of twelve AmeriCorps Alums who are "Champions of Change." These extraordinary leaders demonstrate how AmeriCorps alumni have leveraged their national service experience to become influential in their careers and leaders in their communities. They will have the opportunity to share their stories with Administration officials and AmeriCorps members across the country. The Champions of Change program was created to honor ordinary Americans doing great work in their communities. Each week, a different sector is highlighted and groups of Champions, ranging from educators to entrepreneurs to community leaders, are recognized for the work they are doing to serve and strengthen their communities.
"President Obama has always been a strong supporter of the AmeriCorps program and the role members play in strengthening communities across our country," said Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of the Office of Public Engagement, Jon Carson. "We're excited to honor 12 AmeriCorps Alums who are continuing in the spirit of their AmeriCorps pledge to 'get things done for America' as leaders in the public, for-profit and nonprofit sectors, and to celebrate AmeriCorps as a pathway to opportunity for those who serve."
To engage people around the country in the conversation about AmeriCorps and public service opportunities, the White House will host a Google+ Hangout with AmeriCorps members and alumni. The online event will be moderated by CEO of the Corporation for National Community Service (CNCS) Wendy Spencer will participate in a live Google Hangout event moderated by Macon Phillips, Director of the White House Office of Digital Strategy and AmeriCorps VISTA Alum. People can join the discussion live on Twitter using the hashtag #WHHangout.
Watch the events live and learn more at WhiteHouse.gov/live. Live stream events include AmeriCorps Alumni leaders briefing at 9:30 a.m. EDT, a Google+ Hangout at 12:00 p.m. EDT and the Champions of Change event at 2:00 p.m. EDT on Friday, August 17th. People around the country can join the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #WHAmeriCorps.
Nicole Trimble, Seattle, WA
Nicole Trimble is the Director of Corporate Responsibility at Coinstar, Inc. She is responsible for developing and supporting the company's community engagement, philanthropy and environmental sustainability initiatives while working to encourage "innovation for good." Nicole is a visionary leader with diverse experiences in the national service, nonprofit and philanthropy arenas including working for Casey Family Programs and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. She is a Social Venture Partner and the Chair of the Washington State Commission for National and Community Service. She lives in Seattle, Washington, with her husband Josh, whom she met through AmeriCorps, and her two young sons that she hopes will serve their country someday.
SOURCE Coinstar, Inc.