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We are the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency that helps more than 5 million Americans improve the lives of their fellow citizens through service. Working hand in hand with local partners, we tap the ingenuity and can-do spirit of the American people to tackle some of the most pressing challenges facing our nation.

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Today in Providence, RI we are proud to welcome over 300 AmeriCorps to the national service family. These members will serve with 9 AmeriCorps State, 21 AmeriCorps VISTA, and 4 AmeriCorps National programs across the state of Rhode Island to meet critical needs in the areas of education, health, veteran services, and economic opportunity. We look forward to the positive impact they will have on Rhode Island communities. Thank you to Serve Rhode Island and the CNCS State Office for hosting such an inspiring event! 

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Oct 5, 2015

Today in Providence, RI we are proud to welcome over 300 AmeriCorps to the national service family. These members will serve with 9 AmeriCorps State, 21 AmeriCorps VISTA, and 4...

By Wendy Spencer (via Providence Journal)


When new employment statistics are announced, the results often show that young adults are among those who face the toughest challenge in finding jobs. This is a test for our nation’s communities, and we have to create avenues of opportunity to help young people start the next phase of their lives.

Fortunately, Rhode Island has leaders such as Gov. Gina Raimondo, Rep. David Cicilline, and Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien who are willing to roll up their sleeves and help young people, and recognize that national service is part of the solution.

Our agency, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), already invests more than $7 million in the Ocean State through our AmeriCorps and Senior Corps programs, which are expanding opportunities in nearly 400 locations.

One of these investments is the groundbreaking Operation AmeriCorps initiative — and it is making Rhode Island a national leader in preparing students for success after high school.

Earlier this year, Pawtucket became the first city in the United States to promise that every high school graduate will have access to opportunities that will help him or her during this transition to post-secondary education and career options.

The “Connecting Futures Operation AmeriCorps” program will play a major role in making this possible in partnership with the Pawtucket School Department and Serve Rhode Island.

Oct 5, 2015


AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) team Oak 1 served the second half of their third round in Galena, Illinois with the land trust, Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation (JDCF). The vision and goals of JDCF is to preserve and enhance the natural wildlife habitat, cultural resources, scenic vistas, and agricultural character of Jo Daviess County, Illinois, and the surrounding areas for future generations.

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Oct 5, 2015


As with so many other tragedies that shake our communities, the outpouring of support and desire to help that followed this disaster brings hope. Here are a few ways you can help:

Cash Contributions

In the immediate aftermath, cash donations are the most efficient way to support recovery efforts. They enable relief organizations to reaction quickly to provide the most relevant supplies and services.

Tragically, in the wake of disasters, fraudulent charities can spring up to take advantage of people eager to help affected communities. Learn how to donate responsibly with these resources from the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster site.

Don’t Self-Deploy or Send Unsolicited Donations

The urge to help is inspiring in times of disaster, but arriving to scene of a disaster unexpected can be dangerous. If you’re interested in volunteering in South Carolina, please wait until the area is safe and response organizations begin to request volunteers. We will update this post when organizations are in need of volunteers.

The arrival of unsolicited donated items can be a distraction from important disaster response and recovery activities. Please wait until communities assess and confirm their needs before sending anything. At that time, you can make your donations through non-profits in the National Donations Management Network.

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Oct 5, 2015

Happy 91st Birthday President Jimmy Carter! Thank you for serving and sharing your special day with AmeriCorps members in Andersonville, GA.

Join us in wishing him a great birthday on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram!

Oct 2, 2015

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