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Committee Advances Verrelli & Benson Resolution Honoring AmeriCorps Volunteers for Helping to Vaccinate Over 12,000 Residents

In recognition of the critical role AmeriCorps volunteers played in helping to vaccinate over 12,000 New Jersey residents during the COVID-19 pandemic, Assembly Democrats Anthony Verrelli and Daniel Benson sponsor a resolution honoring the team of volunteers for their contribution to the state’s vaccination efforts. The measure was advanced by the Assembly Health Committee on Monday.

The AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) is a full-time service program that allows young adults to serve communities throughout the country. Within this program, it was the 10-member Team Earth 3 that made its way from Colorado to New Jersey to assist in our state’s vaccination efforts.

From February 14, 2021 to March 31, 2021, the Team Earth 3 volunteers supported Army medical personnel, state police and other officials at vaccination sites in Atlantic City, Trenton and Camden. By the end of their time in the state, the group had helped administer a total of 12,244 vaccines.

The resolution (AR-267) recognizes, honors and thanks these 10 volunteers for answering the call of duty and helping underserved communities in New Jersey. Upon its passage, Assembly sponsors Verrelli (D-Hunterdon, Mercer) and Benson (D-Mercer, Middlesex) issued the following joint statement:

“At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, AmeriCorps volunteers answered our state’s call for help by coming to New Jersey and supporting the vaccination of residents in underserved communities. The service of these individuals saved countless lives by protecting thousands of people from this dangerous virus. Today, we recognize and honor Team Earth 3 for their service on behalf of the people of New Jersey. We will always be grateful for their hard work, skill and dedication during this critical moment in our state – and our nation’s – history.”

The measure now heads to the Assembly Speaker for further consideration.