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DHSS Press Release

Rita Landgraf, Secretary
Jill Fredel, Director of Communications
302-255-9047, Cell 302-357-7498

Date: October 10, 2012


Delaware AmeriCorps 2012 Swearing-in

WHAT: Public swearing-in ceremony for Delaware AmeriCorps 2012 members
WHEN: Friday October 12, 2012
9:30-10:30 a.m.
WHERE: Legislative Hall Dover

The 90 members of Delaware AmeriCorps for 2012 will be sworn in during a public ceremony that begins at 9:30 a.m. Friday in Legislative Hall in Dover. During 2012-2013, the members will serve at Delaware Habitat for Humanity, New Castle County Emergency Services Corps, the Ministry of Caring, Connecting Generations and Public Allies. In exchange for a year of service in Delaware (1,700 hours), members 17 and older receive: valuable work experience in their chosen field; $5,550 to pay for college or graduate school or to pay back student loans; health coverage and loan deferment while in service; a modest living allowance; and the opportunity to meet new people, make new friends, travel and make a difference in Delaware's communities. Friday's ceremony will begin with registration and networking from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.; followed by the ceremony beginning at 9:30 a.m. with welcoming remarks from Dover Mayor Carleton Carey Sr., Dr. Anne Farley, director of DHSS' Division of State Service Centers, and Rob Schroeder, chair of the Delaware Commission on Community and Volunteer Service, along with the swearing-in and a keynote address by Dr. Henry Smith, deputy secretary of the Department of Health and Social Services. For more information about AmeriCorps Delaware, go to or

Or contact Catherine Fox, Marketing and Media Coordinator, at the State Office of Volunteerism, at (302) 255-9745.

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