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Unanimous Resolution from U.S. Conference of Mayors encourages city leaders to open job opportunities to AmeriCorps and Peace Corps alumni


In another sign of the growing support for national service, the United States Conference of Mayors today unanimously passed a resolution endorsing Employers of National Service, an initiative that recognizes the unique skills and experience AmeriCorps and Peace Corps alumni bring to the workforce and encourages public and private sector employers to expand the job opportunities available to those who have served.

The resolution passed this morning at the organization’s 84th annual meeting in Indianapolis. The effort, led by Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, recognizes national service programs, such as AmeriCorps and Peace Corps, as a talent pipeline for dedicated, valuable employees and urges cities and municipalities to hire AmeriCorps and Peace Corps alumni.

“We are thrilled by this strong, bipartisan endorsement of the Employers of National Service Initiative from the U.S. Conference of Mayors,” said Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the federal agency that administers AmeriCorps. “Just like mayors, AmeriCorps members are leaders who get things done, working hard every day to make their cities better places to live and work. With today’s endorsement, U.S. cities are making a smart move to attract and keep these talented, dedicated, and experienced leaders to the municipal workforce.”

“Alumni of our service corps are highly qualified leaders with experience addressing some of the most pressing challenges facing our nation and world today,” Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet said. “Returned Peace Corps volunteers have so much to contribute to the workplace and we’re thrilled to see Mayor Walsh and the city of Boston recognize these valuable skills.” 


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.

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