2018 AmeriCorps Swearing-In Ceremony


Serve Washington is once again hosting an AmeriCorps Swearing-In Ceremony (also known as “The Launch”)! WSC/WRC members and site staff are invited to join other AmeriCorps and VISTA members from around the state to celebrate service and take the AmeriCorps Oath. As always, there will be exciting elements of the program, like the traditional roll-call of programs. All members should wear AmeriCorps service gear or wear some type of AmeriCorps identification.


When: October 26, 2018

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (please arrive by 9:30 to find a seat before the ceremony begins)

Location: Seattle Center, Fisher Pavilion   Google map  |  Campus map

Optional events (read below for more information):

  • Situational awareness training  1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
  • Outdoor service project  1:00 – 3:30 p.m.


Join the “AmeriChoir” to perform the National Anthem! The choir is comprised of members and staff who will sing at the beginning of the ceremony. If interested, you’ll need to arrive no later than 9:30 a.m. to gather for rehearsal at the Armory/Center House next to Fisher Pavilion. To join, you must RSVP through your Program Coordinator. More information will be provided closer to the event.


Situational Awareness Training  One of the biggest challenges any person faces is learning how and why to trust their own gut feelings when they sense an imminent threat or proxemic danger.  This training will teach how to use the 5 Color Codes, or mind states of awareness, to be more aware of your surroundings while interacting with those around, and realizing when it’s time to implement a plan of action and mitigate the risk of an assault.  Learn why recognizing body language precursors to violence could save your life.  This training is presented by Jesus M. Villahermosa, Jr., a former deputy sheriff with Pierce County Sheriff’s Department, and a member of their S.W.A.T. Team. The training will be in the Fisher Pavilion from 1:00-3:00 p.m. following the swearing-in ceremony. To attend, you must RSVP through your Program Coordinator


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 and register, go to https://www.earthcorps.org/volunteer/event/a0E8000000Pc7ifEAB/

Please sign up only if you are sure you’ll be able to attend, since spaces at the event are limited to 50. If your plans change, and you are no longer able to attend, please let EarthCorps know so they can re-open your spot to other members.

If you are signing up as ‘part of a group’, indicate which AmeriCorps program you are with (i.e., Neighborhood House, Federal Way Public Schools, etc.). 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.


Photo Booth  Another benefit to arriving early – members and staff can strike a pose at the photo booth in the Fisher Pavilion. The 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. Feel free to bring signs and banners to let your program’s AmeriCorps spirit be seen and heard during the Recognition of Programs.

  • 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.
  • Parking can be challenging. Check out Seattle Center parking facilities.


The Fisher Pavilion is ADA accessible. To request reasonable accommodations, contact Kari Wood.