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North Shore CDC’s Americorps volunteer featured in national publication

Posted by Marjorie Nesin  May 5, 2011 10:00 AM

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The following was submitted by North Shore Community Development Coalition:

Local Beverly youth, Jairo Hernandez, recently received national recognition from the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) for his work at the North Shore Community Development Coalition (NSCDC). Jairo is featured on the cover of their most recent Member Profile publication as one of the 236 members across the country that serves to build sustainable communities through their volunteer work with local non-profits. “We're delighted that we can support both the North Shore Community Development Corporation and Jairo Hernandez, a young man who is working to make a difference in his community and an organization that is making a difference,” stated Bob Van Meter, Executive Director for LISC Boston.

LISC invests in and supports the building of thousands of new affordable homes every year and is dedicated to helping community residents transform distressed neighborhoods into healthy and sustainable communities of choice and opportunity. Through their AmeriCorps program, LISC provides non-profit partners with creative, hardworking volunteers for the expansion of services and new programming in neighborhoods representing such a need. The AmeriCorps Volunteers receive extensive community service training and hands-on experience in leadership and civic engagement to enhance the capacity the community non-profits they collaborate with.

As the youngest LISC AmeriCorps member in the state, Jairo Hernandez lives in Beverly and is active in his church in Salem. Familiar with both communities and bilingual in English and Spanish, Jairo has spent nine months working as the North Shore CDC’s Volunteer Coordinator. He commented that his time at North Shore CDC has allowed him to help people in the Salem Point Neighborhood and in Beverly’s Gloucester Crossing neighborhood by assisting in coordinating community events and volunteers for the North Shore CDC. “Jairo has been a valuable asset to our organization, working to spark leadership in residents through active event and program facilitation,” said Kristin Anderson, Director of Community Development. At the end of his AmeriCorps term, Jairo will also receive a stipend towards his continuing studies in computer science at North Shore Community College.

Congressman Tierney also recognized the accomplishments of Jairo by releasing the following statement. “AmeriCorps members do important work aimed at making our local communities better places to live, work, go to school, and raise families. It has been brought to my attention that Jairo Hernandez, a Beverly resident who is the youngest Local Initiative Support

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