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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. 

May 25, 2015

By Brett Chappell

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...

All I Wanna Do is Get Things Done

Singer Sheryl Crow joined the crew Thursday at the Habitat for Humanity AmeriCorps Build-a-Thon in New Orleans as the group of volunteers continued their project to build 10 houses in 10 days. 

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May 22, 2015

Name: Audrey Richardson
Age: 72
Hometown: Alcoa, TN
Program: Community Action Committee Foster Grandparent volunteer for almost six years

What led you to join Senior Corps’ Foster Grandparent Program?
I want to see children at risk reach their highest potential, and I have a passion for working with children. I was working in a children’s enrichment program at my church when the director asked me if I would like to be a Foster Grandparent volunteer. I said yes and now I serve as a Foster Grandparent volunteer at a community center where I tutor 6- to 11-year-old children.

I found the children could read. The problem was they couldn’t understand what they read. I talked with my supervisor and asked permission to develop a reading comprehension program. I sought some additional training and developed a program that helps connect them with what they read. We have seen great results. Grades are improving. One day, the mom of a third grader I work with hugged me. She told me her daughter was now reading at a sixth- or seventh-grade level.  

What’s the most surprising thing you have learned during your term of service?
The children want help. They are excited about the help they receive.

May 22, 2015

Name: Beth Isen
Age: 63
Hometown: Bethesda, Maryland
Program: RSVP Montgomery Volunteer Center

As an RSVP volunteer with the Montgomery County Volunteer Center, I match people with volunteer opportunities. I recruit volunteers and help educate the public about ways they can help our community.

What led you to join RSVP/Senior Corps?
I ran across an article about MLK Day. In the article, they put a call out for people who were interested in talking to people about volunteering. I love meeting people. I love improving people’s quality of life, so I inquired about it. Now, I find that volunteering improves my life, too. It is such positive feeling to help people and educate folks about how they can help in their community.

What’s the most surprising thing you have learned during your term of service?
I am surprised at the variety of people I work with. People come from all walks of life and all ages to volunteer. They feel they should do volunteer work—but they don’t know what to do. I tell them to tap into their interests. I’ll ask, “Do you like to garden? Do you like work with kids? You can find volunteering opportunities that match what you love to do.”

May 21, 2015

RSVP Makes a Difference in Texas After Disaster

In April 2013, a fertilizer plant explosion killed 16 people in West, Texas, and devastated the small town. Senior Corps RSVP volunteers came together in short order to help in West with the recovery and to continue to serving those in the community who counted on their services. During the last two years, they managed more than 10,000 volunteers, coordinated programs for local children, and led a statewide book drive that collected 34,678 books to replenish West Independent School District’s libraries.

Watch the video to learn more about how RSVP made a difference in West, Texas, in the wake of disaster.

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