Washington’s AmeriCorps Swearing-In Ceremony

Friday, October 20, 2017 - 10:00 to 12:00

Serve Washington is pleased to invite you to the AmeriCorps Swearing-In Ceremony (also known as “The Launch”).  Please join us on Friday, October 20, 2017 to celebrate service and to witness hundreds of national service members take the AmeriCorps Oath. 


This year we are honored to have our state’s new Lieutenant Governor, Cyrus Habib, as a keynote speaker.  And, as always, there will be exciting elements of the program, like the traditional roll-call of programs.


Below are details, including additional opportunities surrounding the ceremony, and how to RSVP.


Washington’s AmeriCorps Swearing-In Ceremony


When: Friday, October 20, 2017

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon (please arrive early to be seated before 10:00)

Location: Seattle Center – Fisher Pavilion

RSVPs by program are requested.*


Recruiting for the “AmeriChoir” to Perform the National Anthem at the Ceremony

We are recruiting AmeriCorps members and staff to sing the National Anthem at the beginning of the ceremony.  Those who would like to sing will gather for rehearsal at 9:30 a.m. on October 20 in the Armory/Center House next to the Fisher Pavilion. 



Want to make it a full day?  Choose to stay after the ceremony for participation in an outdoor service project or disaster preparedness training.


Disaster Preparedness 101 Training

This optional, interactive training will provide basic preparedness skills to enhance disaster readiness for self, family, and community.  It will take place in the Fisher Pavilion from 1:00-3:00 p.m. on October 20, following the swearing-in ceremony, plus some time to grab lunch.  RSVPs with number of attendees by program are requested.*


Outdoor Service Project

An environmental service project has been organized by EarthCorps, to take place after the ceremony, rain or shine, from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m. at Discovery Park in Magnolia.  To learn more about the outdoor service project, visit this EarthCorps page: https://www.earthcorps.org/volunteer/event/a0E8000000Oh8ZjEAJ/  Please read the description and directions to site carefully before signing up.

Sign up as ‘Part of a group’ and indicate which AmeriCorps program you are with (i.e., Neighborhood House, Federal Way Public Schools, Reading Partners, Cowlitz AmeriCorps Network, etc.).  Please sign up only if you are sure you will be able to attend since spaces at the event are limited to 75. If your plans change, and you are no longer able to attend, please let Earth Corps know so we can re-open your spot to other members. Program or team leads who register their groups will be responsible for forwarding any project information and thank you messages from EarthCorps to the group members. Please contact Kelly O’Callahan (Kelly@earthcorps.org or 206.793.2454 with any questions about the project.


*RSVP Information


If you are able to go please respond to Jasona@dva.wa.gov  no later than October 10 with the following information:

1)Your name;

3) Confirmation if you would like to perform the National Anthem as part of the “AmeriChoir” during the ceremony;

4) Confirmation if you would like to attend the optional Disaster Preparedness 101 Training from 1:00-3:00.

5) if you would like to take part in the outdoor service project, please register at this site: https://www.earthcorps.org/volunteer/event/a0E8000000Oh8ZjEAJ/


Photo Booth

Another benefit to arriving early – members and staff can strike a pose at our Photo Booth in the Fisher Pavilion.  The photo booth will remain active for a while after the ceremony, as well.


A few other items to keep in mind: This is a celebratory event for national service.  All AmeriCorps members should wear AmeriCorps service gear or wear some type of AmeriCorps identification.  In addition, please feel free to bring signs and banners to let your program’s AmeriCorps spirit be seen and heard during the Recognition of Programs.


Ø  Food will be available for sale before and after the ceremony in the Food Court at the Armory/Center House next to the Fisher Pavilion.  A map of the Seattle Center Campus is attached.


Ø  Parking can be somewhat challenging.  A link to the Seattle Center parking facilities is provided: http://www.seattlecenter.com/transportation/parking/


Ø  The Fisher Pavilion is ADA accessible.  AmeriCorps program directors, on behalf of a member with a disability, may request reasonable accommodations by contacting Mary Van Verst at mary.vanverst@ofm.wa.gov