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AmeriCorps member helping others navigate challenges he faced

Nick Noble is currently serving his second 450 hour AmeriCorps term of service with the Utah Conservation Corps’ (UCC) inclusive crew. The inclusive crew was established in 2007 by AmeriCorps member Andy Zimmer and UCC assistant director Kate Stephens to engage persons of all abilities in environmental stewardship projects.

Last summer Noble, who has a significant visual impairment, served his first term on a UCC trail crew in High Uintas Wilderness navigating difficult terrain and taking on new and challenging conservation service work. This crew reduced fuels on 5.75 acres and completed heavy maintenance on almost a mile of popular trail.

While he is physically able to work on any UCC crew, this summer Noble applied specifically to the inclusive crew survey project so that he could help crew members with disabilities successfully navigate the new challenges of conservation crew work. He originally applied to be a crew member this summer with the intention of pursuing crew leadership next summer. Instead, UCC staff encouraged him to be a crew leader and he stepped up confidently into this role.

Jul 30, 2015

AmeriCorps member helping others navigate challenges he faced

Nick Noble is currently serving his second 450 hour AmeriCorps term of service with the Utah Conservation Corps’ (UCC) inclusive...

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Grant from CNCS initiative highlights public-private partnership

The following is excerpted from the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City press release on July 30, 2015.

The Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City and the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) today announced a $30 million public-private partnership to advance the City’s vision of transforming the delivery of mental health care services. The partnership will support the implementation of the new Connections to Care program in collaboration with the Center for Economic Opportunity and the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, which will help integrate mental health services into programs already serving low-income communities.

Jul 30, 2015


National Service: A Volunteer Force Multiplier After Hurricane Katrina

In the last 10 years, Corporation for National and Community Service AmeriCorps members and Senior Corps volunteers have coordinated nearly 650,000 community volunteers in response to the Hurricane Katrina recovery.

Learn more National Service disaster response efforts on our Katrina10 site

Jul 29, 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.

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

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