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Veterans Memorial

The Veterans Memorial Project began April 19th 2002, during "National Youth Service Week." Keystone SMILES completed their portion of the project on October 29, 2002, during Make a Difference Day." North Clarion put the final touches on the project before it's dedication on Veteran's Day, November 11, 2002..

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Emlenton Mill

The Emlenton Mill was built in 1875 by James Bennett and was one of the first steam powered grist mills in Pennsylvania. This House of Trades project will began during AmeriCorps Awareness Week 2009.

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MCHA Projects

Mercer County Housing Authority and Keystone SMILES AmeriCorps "House of Trades Project."  One of several service MCHA projects which included participation of volunteers in tandem with AmeriCorps.

Our Awards

  • Exemplary Elementary Service Award, 1993-94

  • Presidential Youth Service Award  given to 856 students (involved in SMILES Service-Learning

  • Projects) at Keystone Elementary, 1994

  • Second Runner-up, PA State Service Fair, 1994

  • One of six AmeriCorps programs nationwide included in documentary on National Service, 1994

  • Outstanding Elementary School Service-Learning Project, PA State Service Fair, 1995

  • Used as a case study by Presidio Leadership Training Center, San Francisco, CA, 1996

  • One of 50 runners-up nationwide in Community Solutions for Education Contest sponsored by USA Today, 1996

  • Outstanding AmeriCorps*State program in Pennsylvania, 1996

  • Chosen as an AmeriCorps Leader site, 1995-6, 1996-7, 1997-8, 2000-1

  • Chosen as a VISTA Leaders site, 1998-99, 1999-0, 2000-1, 2001-2

  • Executive Director chosen for Humanitarian Service Award for Distinguished Alumni, Clarion University, 1998

  • Awarded the Keystone Service Coalition Award for Excellence in Collaboration, 1999

  • Awarded the Clarion Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Business Award, Community Service Division, 2000

  • Clarion Summer SMILES Drum and Bugle Corps Show named Drum Corps

  • International’s 2001 Division II/III Contest of the Year

  • Chosen Best in Parade by Clarion’s Autumn Leaf Festival, 2001, 2002, 2003

  • Approved Private Provider through the Pennsylvania Department of

  • Education, Effective April 2002

  • Board Member, John Altadonna, named Zambelli International Volunteer of the Year, November 2002

  • Approved to receive funds through the Educational Tax Credit program, 2002-3

  • National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials Award (NAHRO Award) in conjunction with Mercer County Housing Authority, 2004

  • Northwest PA Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Youth System Community Partner of the Year, 2004

  • Featured as 1 of 51 of the “Most Innovative AmeriCorps programs in the United States” by Innovations in Civic Participation Northwest 2005

  • PA Safe Kids Community Outreach Award 2007

  • NWPA WIA Youth System Community Partner of the Year 2007

  • 2007 Spirit of Service National Service Award Finalist– Staff Member Liborio Hansford

  • Venango Training and Development Corporation Outstanding Community Partner, 2008-2009

  • National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials Award (NAHRO Award) in conjunction with Mercer County Housing Authority, 2010

  • 2010 MARC NAHRO Outstanding Achievement Award in conjunction with Mercer County Housing Authority, 2010

 

 

 

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