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AmeriCorps Member of the Month: Lindsay Laird

Please join us in congratulating our February 2014 Virginia AmeriCorps Member of the Month, Lindsay Laird, who serves at Beans and Rice in Radford, Virginia. In addition to tutoring children and providing afterschool academic enrichment activities, Lindsay serves as the AmeriCorps team leader for weekend backpacks. In this role, Lindsay keeps weekly inventory records, plans weekly backpack menus, assists the program director with supply orders, and coordinates the weekly assembly and distribution processes. On an average week, AmeriCorps members provide 100 Radford school children with enough weekend food for two breakfasts, two lunches, and two snacks.

Lindsay has led several important changes to this year's program -- establishing a goal to improve the quality and quantity of non-perishable weekend meals. Three important changes Lindsay has implemented include:

  • Weekly inclusion of 2-4 fresh fruit items provided at no cost through USDA and Radford City Schools
  • Weekly inclusion of self-stable whole milk boxes purchased at discounted rates through Feeding America Southwest Virginia
  • Wholesale purchasing of some items through Radford City Schools distributor
  • Weekly inclusion of written menus

In February Lindsay's hard work was rewarded when Atmos Energy Foundation awarded the program a $1,200 grant. Lindsay had prepared and submitted the grant application in December. Thanks to Lindsay's efforts, the program secured funding to provide 300 weekend backpacks consisting of 1,200 meals and 600 snacks for 100 low-income children. From the changes made and the awarding of the grant, Lindsay’s efforts equates to over $7,000 of added value or savings annually! This means more children may be served in addition to more food provided per child. Thank you Lindsay, for your commitment to serving Radford’s children. We are proud to recognize you as February’s AmeriCorps Member of the Month.

Honorable Mentions for February

Monica Meharg, Alternatives, Inc
Katrina Benson, Arlington County Public Schools
Dachena Rucker, Boys and Girls Club of Greater Lynchburg
Sarah Elmore, CARITAS
Jennifer Shockley, Carroll County Public Schools
Chelsea Cornwell, Charlottesville Abundant Life Ministries
Brittany Crotts, Heart of Compassion Partnership
Megan Stuart, New River Community Action
Melissa Collingsworth, Occupational Enterprises, Inc
Brian Nance, Rappahannock Goodwill Industries
Daniel Stokes, Virginia Commonwealth University
Fara Sloan, Virginia Department of Veterans Services
RaShawnda Osborne, YWCA of South Hampton Roads

Read about previous AmeriCorps Members of the Month.

Published on Monday, April 21, 2014