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Americorps volunteers sworn in at housing complex in Utica

By WKTV News

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - Volunteerism is alive and well in the Mohawk Valley. Many have heard the term, 'Americorp' but might not be familiar with what it actually means. Americorp officials from Albany summed it up Thursday.

It's the domestic equivalent of the Peace Corps.

Thursday, a new class of 12 Americorps members were sworn in at Chancellor Apartments in Utica.

The Municipal Housing Authority Americorp members will work to meet the critical needs of people who live in public housing.

One young inductee said he wants to help veterans.

" There are a lot of different things, whether it be keeping our food pantry full, keeping our donation room full, helping veterans who are coming in doing their intakes, making sure that they qualify for our program," volunteer Selden Grimes said.

Local, state and federal elected leaders were on hand Thursday for the induction.

Americorp is very diverse.

College students, people with high school diplomas, and even people with advanced degrees take part in the program.

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