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  • Posted on Feb 11, 2016

    Rebecca is confined to a wheelchair and has some difficulty speaking due to her Cerebral Palsy. Three days a week, however, she has been a devoted volunteer for the Salinas Family YMCA in California for over two years. She greets people with a wonderful smile and her entire body, joking with “the regulars” and exemplifying the kind of welcoming atmosphere that YMCA wishes to offer its communities.

    “I wanted to do different kinds of work and to help people,” said Rebecca when asked why she chose to volunteer with the Salinas Community YMCA. Working at the YMCA “makes me very happy. I have a lot of friends. I help people out. People are nice to me. I have Cerebral Palsy and I am in a wheelchair. I have a speech problem.” Because of the Y, “I’m more comfortable talking with other people. The YMCA has given me more self confidence. I’m more comfortable with people. My mom is happy that I work at the YMCA.”

    This spring, Rebecca made a step toward independence and moved into an apartment with a roommate. After working at the Y for a while, “it made me think. Think I could live on my own.”

    “Rebecca helps us achieve our goal to build positive relationships with the members we see each day,” says Dave Kretsinger, executive director. “Our members look forward to seeing and interacting with Rebecca. She comes to work with a positive attitude and is a role model for other staff members. Rebecca and our members celebrate holidays, birthday and...

  • Posted on Nov 27, 2013
    By Wendy Spencer

     

    What am I thankful for? YOU! That’s right, I’m thankful for you – because you are making a difference in your community every day as an AmeriCorps member. I'm also thankful for my loving, wonderful family.
  • Posted on Nov 27, 2013
    By Dana Forde

     

    Blair Brettschneider didn’t plan on creating her own nonprofit. But something she imagined had never been done before. So Blair decided to make a change.
  • Posted on Nov 27, 2013
    By Dana Forde

     

    Blair Brettschneider didn’t plan on creating her own nonprofit. But something she imagined had never been done before. So Blair decided to make a change.
  • Posted on Nov 27, 2013
    By Frank Spencer

     

  • Posted on Nov 26, 2013
    By Greg Tucker

     

    When disasters strike, it’s not unusual to see teams from AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) respond to provide relief and recovery services soon thereafter. But they don’t come alone. NCCC members, like all AmeriCorps members, are force multipliers, recruiting extra volunteers to serve with them wherever they go.   AmeriCorps NCCC members serve in every state and U.S. territory, performing team-based national and community service that addresses local needs.
  • Posted on Nov 25, 2013
    By Dana Forde

     

    As she attended classes in the California Bay Area, Naomi Shachter was struck by AmeriCorps’ ability to transform the lives of students in her high school. AmeriCorps members served as mentors, advocates, teachers, and friends. “I saw what a big difference service in the community could make,” she said.
  • Posted on Nov 22, 2013
    By Greg Tucker

     

    Today Americans are remembering the legacy of President John F. Kennedy on the 50th anniversary of his assassination. Many in the national service family were inspired by his life, and his legacy lives on through AmeriCorps VISTA, one of the anti-poverty programs he envisioned before his untimely death.
  • Posted on Nov 21, 2013
    By Dana Forde

     

    Julie Yorkshire looked for details about AmeriCorps VISTA on a website. Benjamin Weaver learned about AmeriCorps VISTA while scrolling through his Twitter feed. Now Julie and Benjamin use the same tools that lured them to the AmeriCorps VISTA program to recruit other volunteers. They are two AmeriCorps alums who are applying their volunteer mobilization skills to their current professional endeavors.
  • Posted on Nov 19, 2013
    By Greg Tucker

     

    National service helps communities and organizations get things done, and finding and managing volunteers is part of the job.
  • Posted on Nov 19, 2013
    By CNCS Staff

     

    When President Obama announced the Task Force on Expanding National Service in July, he asked federal agencies to work together to create a pipeline for national service participants to apply the skills they learned in the federal sector.

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