June Curtis will serve as community programs and special events coordinator for the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce through AmeriCorps for the Adirondacks. From left are Michele Armani, AmeriCorps for the Adirondacks program director; Curtis; Dr. Wanda McQueen, North Country Work Force Investment Board executive director; and Matthew Courtright; TACC executive director.
An AmeriCorps worker has joined the staff of the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce.
June Curtis will serve as community programs and special events coordinator for the chamber through AmeriCorps for the Adirondacks.
“Coming of age in the (19)60s, the advent of the Peace Corps held much interest for me,” Curtis said. “Although I did not take advantage of the opportunity then, I was not going to let this AmeriCorps prospect pass me by without careful consideration. Working with TACC my efforts will be directed toward meeting community needs in literacy, healthy futures and economic opportunity. I look forward to the adventure.”
AmeriCorps for the Adirondacks, sponsored by the North Country Work Force Investment Board, provides skilled volunteers to community agencies. AmeriCorps members work with organizations to create, support, or enhance programs.
Curtis will focus on the Ticonderoga Area Farmers Market, the National Work Readiness Credential Employment Seminar, leadership program research and development, and assisting and coordinating special events.
“The entire chamber team is thrilled to have partnered with AmeriCorps for the Adirondacks,” Matthew Courtright, chamber executive director, said. “This is an amazing program that is certainly not new, but new to the chamber. The chamber and AmeriCorps have been discussing this collaboration for some time now and are pleased to have formalized our partnership.
“We are honored to welcome June Curtis, AmeriCorps member, to the TACC team,” he said. “We look forward to continuing working closely with AmeriCorps and to all that 2014 will bring with June as our community program and event coordinator.”
Curtis, a Ticonderoga native, resided in the Capital District for much of her career with AT&T Communications. In 2005, she retired back home. She is active with the Ticonderoga Historical Society, Ticonderoga Heritage Museum, Ti Cultural Arts Initiative and Ticonderoga, The First 250 Years Committee. She writes grants for local organizations, including the Ticonderoga Food Pantry and Ticonderoga EMS.
“Matt Courtright, Molly Bechard (chamber member services representative) and I have complemented each other on a number of projects in the past, leading the way for future success,” Curtis said.
AmeriCorps is a network of national service projects funded through the Corporation for National and Community Service. It is sometimes referred to as “the domestic Peace Corps.”
The Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce is one of 241 national service projects across New York by sponsoring AmeriCorps 79,000 workers.
“AmeriCorps for the Adirondacks is a unique and powerful way to serve the communities of the Adirondacks,” Michele Armani, AmeriCorps for the Adirondacks program director, said. “Our members work to improve literacy, create healthy futures, promote economic opportunity, and support volunteerism.
“AmeriCorps for the Adirondacks and the North Country Workforce Investment Board welcome June Curtis, the newest member of the AmeriCorps family,” she said. “June brings a wealth of knowledge and a life-long commitment to social justice to her role as community program and event coordinator with the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce.”
Organizations interested in being an AmeriCorps host site or people interested in becoming an AmeriCorps member can contact Armani at 561-4295 ext. 3073 or Email Michele@ncworkforce.com.