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By Mona Shand, Public News Service - MO

Proposed cuts to federally supported volunteer programs would hit home for communities across Missouri, according to supporters of the programs.

Wendy Spencer heads the Corporation for National and Community Service, which operates AmeriCorps, the Senior Corps and other community-building volunteer initiatives. Whether it’s helping out in overcrowded classrooms or understaffed health clinics, or rebuilding cities such as Joplin after natural disasters, Spencer said, participants in these programs gain as much as they give.

“We know now from research that when you volunteer, it actually helps you get a job,” she said. “So those people who are committing a year of their life to service, they’re gaining skills, both soft and hard skills. They’re learning about needs in the community.”

Congress has proposed cutting $500 million from the corporation’s budget, which would cut the number of available spots for AmeriCorps volunteers by nearly 40,000, or roughly half. The Republican-led proposal is part of the battle over how to respond to the return of automatic spending cuts known as sequestration.

Spencer argued that programs such as AmeriCorps save communities money, citing the disaster relief work in Joplin as an example.

“Hundreds of AmeriCorps members were able to serve and provide the leadership to receive volunteers, to receive donations, and make sure that those volunteers were deployed to the right type of activity, and engaged,” she said, “and those donations were used at the highest and best use.”

Today, close to 6,600 AmeriCorps volunteers are serving in Missouri.

Jul 27, 2015

By Mona Shand, Public News Service - MO

Proposed cuts to federally supported volunteer programs would hit home for communities across Missouri, according to supporters of the programs.

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Georgia on Our Minds

Corporation for National and Community Service CEO Wendy Spencer visited the Youth Villages AmeriCorps program in Douglasville, GA, to meet national service members and review the program. She also met with Douglasville Mayor Harvey Persons during the visit.

The 24 Youth Villages AmeriCorps members will offer tutoring, life skills, GED preparation, after-school programming, and service learning to a vulnerable population of students ages 5 to 21 with special and exceptional needs at a residential treatment facility. 

Jul 24, 2015











Georgia on Our Minds

Corporation for National and Community Service CEO Wendy Spencer visited the Youth Villages AmeriCorps program in Douglasville, GA, to meet national service members and review the program. She also met with Douglasville Mayor Harvey Persons during the visit.

The 24 Youth Villages AmeriCorps members will offer tutoring, life skills, GED preparation, after-school programming, and service learning to a vulnerable population of students ages 5 to 21 with special and exceptional needs at a residential treatment facility. 

Jul 24, 2015


Sen. John McCain: ‘There are many avenues of service’

In a recent Yahoo news article,  U.S. Sen. John McCain expressed confidence about our country’s future, noting that his cynicism vanishes he visits young Americans serving in the military overseas. Then he added this remark about serving our country:

“(I)t’s not just the military. We have the Teach for America program. We have AmeriCorps. There are many avenues of service, and there is nothing nobler than serving a cause greater than your own interest.”

We thank Sen. McCain for this endorsement of service.

The Corporation for National and Community Service is proud to help thousands of Americans serve their country each year through AmeriCorps and Teach For America.

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Jul 23, 2015



Sen. John McCain: ‘There are many avenues of service’

In a recent Yahoo news article,  U.S. Sen. John McCain expressed confidence about our country’s future, noting that his cynicism vanishes he visits young Americans serving in the military overseas. Then he added this remark about serving our country:

“(I)t’s not just the military. We have the Teach for America program. We have AmeriCorps. There are many avenues of service, and there is nothing nobler than serving a cause greater than your own interest.”

We thank Sen. McCain for this endorsement of service.

The Corporation for National and Community Service is proud to help thousands of Americans serve their country each year through AmeriCorps and Teach For America.

Read the Yahoo news story

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Jul 23, 2015

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