Collaboration, Participation, and Transparency
Collaboration improves the effectiveness of government by encouraging partnerships and cooperation within the federal government, across levels of government, and between the government and private institutions and citizens. The following are samples of this initiative.
When President Obama called on Americans to get out and serve, people who led the online and "on the ground" effort looked to the nation's technology sector for new tools to help engage Americans in service. A collaboration with Google, Craigslist Foundation, UCLA, YouTube, Facebook, and many others resulted in the most comprehensive volunteer search engine ever created (and at no cost to the federal government).
The MLK Day Technology Challenge was launched to engage the technology community in service on the King Holiday and beyond. The initiative, a collaboration with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the Department of Education, encourages "techies" to put their skills to use by teaming up to help a non-profit or school with an ongoing tech need.
Open Government Participation allows members of the public to contribute ideas and expertise so that their government can make policies with the benefit of a wide range of views and information.
United We Serve aims to expand the impact of existing organizations by engaging new volunteers in their work and encourage volunteers to develop their own “do-it-yourself” projects. After passage of the Serve America Act, CNCS hosted a nationwide listening tour to gather input on our implementation of the legislation. We received thousands of comments through public meetings, conference calls, emails and web postings.
There are many ways for individuals and organizations to learn more and get involved in our programs.
- Find a volunteer opportunity in your community
- Join AmeriCorps or Senior Corps
- Apply for a grant
- Learn what national service programs are working in your state
- Get tools and training resources for your volunteer or service program
- Learn about volunteering in your state or hometown
Open Government Transparency promotes accountability by providing the public with information about what the government is doing. The following are samples of this initiative at the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).
- National Service In Your State
Dig deep and learn more about Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Learn and Serve America programs in your state.
- Volunteering in America
Learn about volunteering trends and demographics across the United States. You can search by state, city or geographic region.
In order to provide for as open an environment as possible for all the activities of CNCS, have gathered links to our statutes, regulations, and policies in one place for your review: