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By Tim Smith, CNCS Staff


Yesterday morning, the Corporation for National and Community Service hosted Obama Administration appointees at the White House and various other agencies – from the Justice and Labor Departments to the Export-Import Bank to the Peace Corps – for a service project at the Whitman-Walker Health Center in Washington, D.C. in celebration of Pride Month.

These participants learned how AmeriCorps members’ service benefits the LGBT community at Whitman-Walker, a longtime partner of national service and the Social Innovation Fund.

Olivia Hunt, an AmeriCorps member serving through Equal Justice Works, is serving at Whitman-Walker. In fact, she just named one of the “Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40” by the National LGBT Bar Association. Olivia was a clear highlight of the opening roundtable where AmeriCorps members – and a current staffer who served in AmeriCorps at Whitman-Walker 8 years ago – told their personal stories and explained how their projects impact the LGBT community in D.C.

Olivia’s role as the Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellow includes the Name and Gender Change Clinic. She clearly knew the impact of this program as she not only runs the program, but has been a volunteer and a recipient of its services. She explained that the transgender community nationwide, but especially here in D.C., encounters the challenge of “gender incongruent identification”, which leads to problems ranging from denial of employment or housing and other benefits. The result is that transgender workers are twice as likely to be unemployed than the population as a whole (14% vs. 7%). This is a statistic that once included Olivia herself, a member of both the Illinois and Virginia Bar Associations and a former editor of the Law Review at the College of William & Mary. The program at Whitman-Walker – one of the only clinics in the nation with dedicated staff focused on name change issues – is working to ensure that all Americans can have access to a job or healthcare or housing.

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Yesterday morning, the Corporation for National and Community Service hosted Obama Administration appointees at the White House and various other agencies – from...

Serving at the New Hampshire Food Bank matters to this AmeriCorps member

By Julie Forest, Cooking Matters AmeriCorps member

My life changed when I began looking for healthier futures in myself and my community by signing up for a year of service with AmeriCorps. The New Hampshire Food Bank offered a Cooking Matters® AmeriCorps position to bring cooking and nutrition classes throughout the state. I had seen No Kid Hungry on the Food Network but didn’t know how it connected with Cooking Matters. I have since learned Cooking Matters is part of Share Our Strength’s: No Kid Hungry national movement partnering with leaders like the New Hampshire Food Bank to end childhood hunger in the United States.

I knew childhood hunger was a national problem when I became an AmeriCorps member, but I didn’t know it was so prevalent in my home state of New Hampshire. One in five kids doesn’t know when or where they will get their next meal.* This impacts their developing brains and bodies, causing unforeseen harm in our communities. Now is the time to build a healthier future for myself and the kids in New Hampshire by serving the community.

Even though there are so many struggling with hunger, I know that the cooking and nutrition classes I facilitate through Cooking Matters in New Hampshire make a difference. I serve in a unique position to bring community leaders as volunteers to teach cooking and nutrition to those at risk of- or suffering from hunger. Together, we educate and provide access to programs that empower Cooking Matters course participants to shop and cook nutritious, affordable, and delicious meals for their families.

By Abby Wilhelm

As part of the 2015 White House Maker Faire and building on the President’s call to action to the 200,000 Federal scientists and engineers to inspire the next generation of students, CNCS announced a goal to work with federal agencies and support one million hours of volunteering by federal employees in STEM and making related activities. This campaign, FedServe: One Million Hours of STEM Volunteering, builds upon the ongoing efforts to support STEM initiatives. Today, we are excited to announce agencies’ commitments to support one million hours of STEM volunteering across the federal government.

The Department of Defense (DoD), has a strong commitment to supporting STEM education. In response to FedServe: One Million  Hours of STEM Volunteering, the DoD has engaged scientists, engineers and other professionals across all Army, Navy, and Air Force components and DoD Agencies in an estimated 562,000 hours of STEM volunteering from April 2015 to April 2016. Employees volunteered in a range of activities including science fairs, the USA S&E Festival, Week at the Labs, workshops and other speaking engagements. Some employees also volunteered for long-term commitments lasting up to 720 hours per volunteer, through programs like Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship-for Service Program, FIRST Robotics Competitions, Gains in the Education of Mathematics & Science, Junior Science & Humanities Symposium, Naval Research Enterprise Internship Program and Air Force K-12 programs.

By: CNCS Staff

Following the tragedy in Orlando, we are working with local, state, and federal leaders to help respond to the community’s needs.

As President Obama and Vice President Biden travel to Orlando to meet with the families of the victims and first responders, we want to share ways you can make a difference.

Volunteer Efforts

Volunteer Florida, which is part of the Governor’s Office and administers AmeriCorps programs in that state, is supporting the Florida Disaster Fund. This fund is the state’s official private fund established to assist Florida’s communities as they respond to and recover during times of emergency or disaster.

The Florida Disaster Fund will help provide financial support to organizations that serve survivors, their families, and all those in need. To make a contribution, please visit FloridaDisasterFund.org.

Volunteer Florida is also currently compiling partner resources and determining unmet needs as well as assessing case management capabilities.

The Department of Elder Affairs is gathering information on organizations that have mental health services and call center services available to assist or supplement existing resources or personnel if needed.

Other local organizations, including those that serve the LGBT community, are also enlisting the help of volunteers.

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