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National Service Blog

  • Posted on Apr 14, 2015

    AIDS United (formerly the National AIDS Fund) supports community-driven programs that serve people living with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), the virus that causes acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS).

    In 2010, the Social Innovation Fund (SIF) selected AIDS United as one of its first grantees. Together with its 12 subgrantees, comprising the Access to Care (A2C) initiative, AIDS United is increasing the engagement of low-income and marginalized individuals who know they are HIV-positive but lack access to medical care and other supportive services.

    Almost four years into its partnership with the SIF, the A2C initiative has employed a variety of interventions to improve the health and economic stability of individuals living with HIV/AIDS. Examples include:

    • Supporting programming that utilizes telemedicine equipment in satellite clinics allowing HIV-positive individuals living in rural areas of Alabama to access HIV-specific medical care without the burden of driving to an HIV-specific medical clinic;
    • Establishing a strong and supportive partnership between Birmingham AIDS Outreach and the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s 1917 Clinic to re-engage people living with HIV/AIDS who have fallen out of HIV primary care in Birmingham, Alabama; and
    • Improving access to medical care and supportive services for formerly incarcerated individuals living with HIV in Louisiana.

    AIDS United’s Senior Vice President, Vignetta Charles, credits the SIF with advancing the work of Access to Care in two important ways. First, the SIF raised the visibility of emerging and effective local...

  • Posted on Feb 3, 2014
    By David B. Shapiro and Wendy Spencer

     

    Can a simple mentoring relationship rescue a life in peril? In a world with few easy solutions, there are innumerable stories -- and a new survey -- that demonstrate this could be possible. Let's start with one of these stories.
    Tags: Mentoring
  • Posted on Jan 31, 2014
    By Dorothy Stoneman

     

    Since 1994, over 23,000 YouthBuild AmeriCorps members have served their communities by building over 5,000 units of affordable housing for homeless and low income families in over 150 urban and rural communities. They gutted and rehabbed abandoned buildings that were blights on their neighborhoods, and built whole blocks of new affordable homes.
    Tags: YouthBuild
  • Posted on Jan 31, 2014
    By Greg Tucker

     

    When President Lyndon B. Johnson initiated the “War on Poverty” during his 1964 State of the Union address, he described one of the initiatives as “a National Service Corps to help the economically handicapped of our own country as the Peace Corps now helps those abroad.” By the end of that year, the first class of Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) was on its way to helping the poor in our nation’s most underserved areas.
  • Posted on Jan 28, 2014
    By Sandy Scott

     

    Tonight millions of Americans will watch President Obama deliver his fifth State of the Union Address. One AmeriCorps alum will have a choice seat for all the action. Kathy Hollowell-Makle, who served for two years as an AmeriCorps member with Teach For America, will be a special guest of First Lady Michelle Obama.
  • Posted on Jan 24, 2014
    By Ben Ballerstein

     

    After watching Hurricane Katrina devastate the gulf coast, I wanted to help. My brother told me about a Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) program called AmeriCorps and said I should look into it. I went online and applied to a few programs, but was hoping I'd get the chance to make a difference in the gulf.
  • Posted on Jan 17, 2014
    By Wendy Spencer and Jonathan Greenblatt

     

    Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. dedicated his life to improving the world in which he lived—and challenged the rest of us to do the same. He not only championed the equal rights but also equal access to economic opportunity for all Americans. This year’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service will honor his legacy as hundreds of thousands of Americans pay tribute by serving their communities on Monday, Jan. 20.
  • Posted on Jan 10, 2014
    By Lamar Marchese

     

    “I am a guidance counselor and a teacher, den mother, referee, and confidant. I am a newspaper reporter, editor, and printer. I am a public relations man, chauffer, and pawn shop operator. I am also a scribe, medic, friend, buddy, and informer. I’m the low man on the totem pole, but the buck stops with me. I’m the middle man between Corpsman and staff, between staff and staff, and between Corpsmen and Corpsmen.”
  • Posted on Jan 8, 2014
    By Dana Forde

     

    As Christina Bodison navigated a demanding course load at Howard University, the former biology major actively searched for ways to be of service to others. First, she mentored high school students during an alternative spring break program in Detroit. Then, she researched HIV, AIDS, and the socioeconomic factors that bar access to health care. All of this compelled Christina to join the AmeriCorps VISTA program and the fight against poverty.
  • Posted on Dec 31, 2013
    By Dana Forde

     

    This past year, we engaged millions of Americans in high-impact service, meeting pressing needs in communities across the nation. Working hand in hand with thousands of local partners, our members and volunteers improved lives, expanded economic opportunity, and strengthened communities. As 2013 draws to a close, let’s take a look back at some of our favorite national service moments.
  • Posted on Dec 23, 2013
    By Zack Rosenberg

     

    We always believed that once you became a homeowner, you were insulated from homelessness or hunger, unless a health or work catastrophe occurred, but seeing the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina changed our view of security in America.

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