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We are the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency that helps more than 5 million Americans improve the lives of their fellow citizens through service. Working hand in hand with local partners, we tap the ingenuity and can-do spirit of the American people to tackle some of the most pressing challenges facing our nation.

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“Our journey is not complete until our lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law.” —President Obama on LGBT ‪‎Pride‬ Month

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Jun 2, 2015
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“Our journey is not complete until our lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law.” —President...

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Over the past several days, extreme rain has led to catastrophic flooding in 37 Texas counties. In the town of Wimberley, 25 miles southwest of Austin, the Blanco River rose more than 33 feet in just three hours. In Houston, flash flooding early this week has already affected hundreds of homes, and the city remains in a state of emergency.

The situation is still developing, and the CNCS Disaster Services Unit is working closely with our federal, state, and local partners including Texas Emergency Management and the One Star Foundation, the state’s lead agency on volunteer management.  

In coordination with OneStar Foundation, the State Emergency Management Agency, and Texas VOADs, more than 40 national service members have responded to the flooding across Texas.

28 AmeriCorps members with Texas Conservation Corps deployed to San Marcos, TX, to support two Volunteer Reception Centers.
12 South Central Texas Senior Corps RSVP volunteers are serving with Salvation Army food service operations.
Austin - Travis County Senior Corps RSVP volunteers are supporting Texas Search and Rescue teams. 
AmeriCorps Disaster Response Teams (A-DRTS) including AmeriCorps NCCC and Saint Bernard Project remain on standby to support pending requests.
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Here’s a great photo from the ongoing Habitat for Humanity AmeriCorps Build-a-Thon in New Orleans that illustrates the crossroads of our mission. (Thanks to Habitat For Humanity for sharing this photo.)

May 26, 2015

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Veteran and AmeriCorps alum shares the benefits of service to country

This is Memorial Day weekend, and today millions across the nation will pause to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice for this nation. As I reflect on the unique brother- and sisterhood shared by those who have served, I cannot help but think about the small number of Americans who participate in military service. 

Less than half of 1 percent of Americans serve in the military, and 8 out of 10 of those who raise their hand and serve come from families who have a legacy of military service. A former Navy SEAL myself, my youngest brother is on active duty as I write this.  

These trends in service have created a unique American minority – one that has felt the effects of a growing civilian-military divide. When I separated from the service I encountered this divide for the first time – and it was jarring. Most people couldn’t understand my motivation to serve, military career, or what I now brought to the table as a civilian. Our experiences were wholly different and oftentimes felt foreign.  But it shouldn’t be like this.

Brett ChappellService – whether military or civilian – is a tremendous privilege and responsibility that benefits both individuals and the collective whole.

Service – whether military or civilian – is a tremendous privilege and responsibility that benefits both individuals and the collective whole. Our country is stronger thanks to the dedication and selflessness of those who serve, and service has the potential to be the shared experience that brings us all closer together. 

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