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The Service News Digest is a regular feature on the Serve.Gov blog. In this series, we showcase news highlights that feature national service and Corporation for National and Community Service programs. Take a look at some of the great stories that had people talking recently.


Preserve National Service, Even In a Tight Budget

The Boston Globe, March 29, 2011

Of all thecuts House Republicans have sought under the banner of trimming the national deficit, the decision to zero out the Corporation for National & Community Service is the most incongruous. The $1.1 billion agency, which is the largest source of federal money to support volunteerism, epitomizes the bipartisan commitment to national service once described by former President George H.W. Bush as “a thousand points of light.’’ Read more>>

Older Adults Are the Backbone of Volunteerism

By Mario Garrett

The San Diego Union Tribune, March 29, 2011

But the real value is far more in the giving of one’s self and the receiving of care. A growing body of research is pointing to the social, emotional, and even physical health benefits of volunteering. A study published last year and led by University of Pittsburgh researcher Fengyan Tang found that the volunteers reported significant improvements in their mental health, along a greater feeling of productivity, increased social activity and an overall sense that their life had improved. Read more>>

A Tribute to George H.W. Bush's Legacy of Service

By: Patrick A. Corvington and Michelle Nunn

The Huffington Post, March 28, 2011

In 1993, President Clinton connected Americans of all ages and backgrounds with opportunities to give back to their communities and their nation by establishing the Corporation for National and Community Service and AmeriCorps. In 2002, in the wake of the tragedy of 9-11, President George W. Bush created USA Freedom Corps and with it challenged all Americans to become engaged in volunteer service. And in 2009, President Obama extended this tradition by signing the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, which triples the number of AmeriCorps members over eight years and expands and strengthens volunteerism. Read more>>

Cuts to Community Service Would Hurt Wyo

By: Rachel Chadderdon

Casper Star Tribune, March 27, 2011

The fact is, national service programs make a powerful impact in Wyoming and get things done for people and communities in need. In addition, national service has a transforming effect on those who serve and volunteer, often putting them on a lifelong path of civic engagement. The recent Serve America Act, which Sen. Mike Enzi helped author, reauthorized the Corporation for National and Community Service and expanded national service. This expansion is helping the nation recover from our recession and these cuts may jeopardize our nation further. Read more>>

Volunteers Build Playground for Kids From Sacramento Shelter

By: Cynthia Hubert

The Sacramento Bee, March 26, 2011

The volunteers caulked windows, installed weather stripping beneath doors and put in energy-efficient light bulbs. That effort was sponsored by Energy Service Corps, a joint venture between AmeriCorps and the California Public Interest Research Group Foundation. Read more>>

City Year Mentors Bring Life-Changing Results

By: Saif Ishoof

The Miami Herald, March 25, 2011

City Year Miami corps members prove that the most powerful heroes are not the ones that we believe in, but rather those that believe in us. Read more>>

City Year N.H. Works to Make a Difference Manchester Schoolchildren's Lives

By: Ellen Grimm

New Hampshire Business Review, March 25, 2011

We've got red on! We've got a heart full of grace," shouted Adams to a chorus of "Marvelous Monday!" They're members of City Year New Hampshire, and they're hoping to make a difference in the lives of Manchester's schoolchildren. Read more>>

As Student Absenteeism Rises, a Charter School Fights Back

By: Karen Ann Cullotta

The New York Times, March 24, 2011

The missing student is part of a worrisome trend. During the 2009-10 school year, Talent Development Charter’s first year, attendance was about 90 percent. This year, it is 85 percent despite a number of anti-absenteeism initiatives — including sophisticated attendance-tracking software, encouragement from a team of young AmeriCorps members, pizza parties and twice-weekly shout-outs called power greetings that welcome students as they walk into the school. Read more>>

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