National Service Blog
Posted on Mar 7, 2014
Home to the Osage Nation, with the entire county residing within the boundaries of the Osage Reservation, Osage County, OK, consists of more than 2,251 square miles of land mass and 53 square miles of water -- an area larger than either Rhode Island or Delaware. Unfortunately, even with all this land mass, we live in an area that is designated as a “super food desert.” Osage Nation TA-WA AmeriCorps is working to find solutions to this problem.
Osage County is one of the most beautiful, diverse geographic locations in the nation. We have rolling hills, beautiful lakes, and the largest area of well-preserved tallgrass prairie land anywhere in the United States. Most of the county is designated as ranch land for the cultivation of cattle, bison and other livestock, with other agriculture relegated to the backseat due to the unsuitability of most of the beautiful land for growing and sustaining crops.
With the added hardship of no public transportation and only four grocery stores to serve the entire county, access to fresh fruits, vegetables, and preservative-free food products to maintain a healthy lifestyle has led to an almost epidemic rate of obesity, diabetes, and other chronic illnesses related to a poor nutritional diet.
Posted on May 8, 2013
This week, the Corporation for National and Community Service, elected officials, and community leaders are marking the contributions of Senior Corps volunteers across the country. In fact, more than 40 governors have issued proclamations for Senior Corps Week.Senior Corps taps the skills and experience of more than 360,000 Americans age 55 and over to meet a wide range of community needs through the Foster Grandparent Program, RSVP, and the Senior Companion Program.
Posted on May 4, 2013
Welcome to the new online home for the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). You’ve probably noticed that we’ve made a few changes to the look and feel of our site, so we’ve put together this short guide to navigating the site and finding what you need.
Posted on Apr 29, 2013
Six months ago, Hurricane Sandy struck communities all along the East Coast.
Posted on Apr 26, 2013
In recent days, we have witnessed remarkable acts of courage and compassion in the wake of tragedy.From the first responders in Boston who ran into danger to treat the wounded, to the volunteers who built floodwalls to save their Midwestern towns, to the firefighters who rushed in to battle a raging fire in West, Texas, citizens came together to help when it was needed most.Time and again, we have seen the courage and heroism of first responders and ordinary citizens after tragedy strikes.
Posted on Apr 23, 2013
The following post was originally published on the White House Blog on April 22, 2013. Becky Fried is a Communications and Policy Analyst at the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy.
Posted on Apr 22, 2013
Every October, millions of people across the nation volunteer their time during Make A Difference Day to make their communities better places to live. This week, 10 projects and three cities will be honored with Make A Difference Awards, and several national service participants – including two AmeriCorps members – will be recognized.
Posted on Apr 19, 2013
Don’t miss this year’s National Conference on Volunteering and Service… or the early-bird registration rate!
Posted on Apr 18, 2013
This month is full of volunteering and community impact.National Volunteer Week is April 21-27, followed by a weekend where millions of young people across the country will participate in the 2013 Global Youth Service Day taking place on April 26-28.These days of service are great opportunities for everyone to get out and volunteer in their own community.You can find volunteer opportunities at Serve.gov.
Posted on Apr 12, 2013
Posted on Apr 10, 2013
America is a nation of volunteers. Results from our annual Volunteering in America survey show how willing our friends and neighbors are to lend a helping hand. More than 64 million Americans volunteer each year, strengthening the nation's safety net and providing vital services to our communities.