You're seeing this message because you're using an older version of Internet Explorer that is unsupported on our website. Please use these links to upgrade to a modern web browser that fully supports our website and protects your computer from security risks.
A STAR! (Appalachian Service Through Action and Resources) in Western Maryland is a Maryland AmeriCorps program. A STAR! provides direct, substantive service programs that improve the literacy of school children, enhance the health care and living conditions of children and elderly people, help at-risk youth by offering after-school programs, improve shelter and support services for low-income families and preserve the environment for the Western Maryland communities.
The A STAR! program is managed through a partnership with Frostburg State University located in Frostburg, Maryland, University of Maryland - Hagerstown, the Maryland Governor's Office of Service and Volunteerism, and the Corporation for National and Community Service. The A STAR! program is a regionally-based national service program spanning the four western most counties in Maryland.
Twenty site partnerships in the four-county region of Western Maryland sponsor AmeriCorps positions. The following is a list of agencies, names of site supervisors, and a brief description of the service objectives for members placed at that site. To learn more about A STAR!, please contact Lisa Clark, A STAR! in Western Maryland Director, at 301.697.3359.
All AmeriCorps members are required to complete a three part criminal history check. Upon interest being initiated the free online public sex offender registry will be conducted through https://www.nsopw.gov. At the point of interview or selection the state and FBI fingerprinting process will be initiated.
Are you a freshman? If so, check out the ECHOSTARS program here.
FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodation through the ADA Compliance Office, call 301.687.4102 or use a Voice Relay Operator at 1.800.735.2258.
National Days of Service
September 11, 2017
October 28, 2017
November 9, 2016
November 11, 2015
January 16, 2017
April 23-29, 2017
"Every time I serve, I leave with a feeling of fulfillment and accomplishment. My service helps me relieve the stresses of college and life by going out and forgetting about myself for a while and focusing on helping others."
"I think that the ECHOSTARS have really helped me since I got on campus at Frostburg. As an ECHOSTAR, I have made some of the best friends I have here on campus. I have learned to meet new people and use my time wisely to help others."
"Because of my service, I am more open to new experiences that take me out of my comfort zone. It has been good to see that I can help beyond what I thought I could do. I feel like I have helped someone’s future for the best."
"Because of my service with the ECHOSTARS, I have grown in my ability to interact effectively with children. I am different because I know I assisted someone complete their homework and in some instances, better understand a subject for school and it makes me feel good about myself."
"I have had so many experiences and life lessons throughout my time with ECHOSTARS, and honestly I could make a long list of them. As ECHOSTARS, we are given so many opportunities to serve, and every event is fun and filled with laughs. Before, I would talk and talk about how much I wanted to help out for my community, but now I am actually doing something. Honestly if I stopped now, I wouldn't know what to do. I would feel so lost."