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  • Posted on May 20, 2016

    Earlier this week I traveled to Joplin, Missouri, for a trip I will never forget. The Joplin story is one of a community that that never gave up, that demonstrated steely resolve in the face of tragedy, and that is coming back stronger and better than before. It is also the story of volunteers – 130,000 strong and counting – whose selfless service has lifted up an entire community when it needed it most.

    For many residents, the one year anniversary was a painful reminder of the devastating EF-5 tornado that ripped through Joplin, killing 161 people, destroying 7,500 homes and buildings, and leaving a trail of destruction through the heart of the city.

    A destroyed home displays a thank you message by Joplin resididents to volunteers.

    But even more so, the anniversary was a symbol of hope, pride, optimism, and unity. The people of Joplin did not let themselves be defined by what happened on May 22, 2011. Instead they defined themselves by what happened after - their extraordinary resilience and desire to rebuild.

    As President Obama told the graduating seniors at Joplin High School, “Here in Joplin, you've also learned that we have the power to grow...

  • 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.
  • Posted on Nov 12, 2013
    By Kelly DeGraff

     

    As you are undoubtedly aware, the impact of Super Typhoon Haiyan on the Philippines has been astonishing. The typhoon has caused widespread damage, including landslides and flooding, and is expected to claim the lives of thousands.
  • Posted on Nov 11, 2013
    By Dana Forde

     

     After serving for eight years in the U.S. Air Force, TaQuoya Kennedy returned to the homefront and noticed a veteran sifting through a trash can.  She then made it her mission to become a volunteer: an idea that had crystallized in her mind months before that sighting.

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