National Service Blog
Posted on Feb 9, 2015
Most low-income families face a litany of financial and employment challenges, which is why Social Innovation Fund (SIF) intermediary the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) is expanding its comprehensive Financial Opportunity Centers and using data to inform these expansion efforts.
These 75 centers nationwide represent both a workforce-development and asset-building programming model with services such as job readiness, employment training, financial coaching and help in accessing public benefits.
Through these services, participants can boost monthly net income and obtain critical supports such as health insurance and utility assistance that improve family well-being.
“Low-income, low-wage jobs are not enough to sustain a family,” said Seung Kim, LISC program director for family income and wealth building. “Our strategy is to empower individuals and families through an intentional, integrated services approach.”
These integrated services, or “bundled services,” aim to provide individuals with employment counseling, financial coaching, and access to income supports to help boost steady income, reduce expenses, and build credit and wealth. It is a value-added approach that includes a major emphasis on data and evaluation. For example, one key research question is whether participants receiving multiple services show stronger outcomes than those participating in only one or two activities.
“The data really drive how we understand the program,” Kim said.
For example, job placement rates are higher for those with greater involvement. Individuals with only basic employment services have a 26 percent...
Posted on Sep 26, 2013
The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) recognized seven outstanding programs and participants with the 2013 National Service Impact Awards.CNCS CEO Wendy Spencer announced the honorees during the kick-off of the yearlong AmeriCorps 20th Anniversary celebration in Washington, DC, on September 20, 2013.
Posted on Sep 23, 2013
Is it possible to effectively harness youthful enthusiasm and idealism and turn it into it a renewable resource for good? We think so. Twenty years ago, President Clinton signed a bill that created AmeriCorps and gave our country a new outlet for national service that did just that.
Posted on Sep 17, 2013
Last week Americans around the country commemorated the 12th anniversary of the September 11th attacks with prayer, reflection, and remembrance. Like thousands of Americans, President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama marked the day with service. In fact, President Obama served next to an AmeriCorps member in Washington, D.C.
Posted on Sep 16, 2013
By nightfall, more than 150 AmeriCorps members will be in Colorado to assist in the response to flash flooding.
Posted on Sep 12, 2013
Americans from around the country commemorated the 12th anniversary of the September 11th attacks with prayer, reflection, and remembrance.Like thousands of Americans, President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama also marked the day with service. President Obama volunteered next to an AmeriCorps member in Washington, DC!
Posted on Sep 11, 2013
Hundreds of thousands of Americans are participating in volunteer service activities today to commemorate the 9/11 anniversary on the September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance. The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) leads the annual effort to pay tribute to and honor the victims and heroes of 9/11 through service.
Posted on Sep 11, 2013
The White House released the following proclamation in recognition of the 2013 Patriot Day and the September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance.PATRIOT DAY AND NATIONAL DAY OF SERVICE AND REMEMBRANCE, 2013- - - - - - -BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICAA PROCLAMATION
Posted on Sep 5, 2013
Each September, Americans pause to remember the 9/11 victims and survivors, and the responders who defined courage in the aftermath of the attacks.
Posted on Aug 26, 2013
To strengthen our communities, we have to break down the barriers that can discourage Americans from building a better life for themselves and their families. Whether these barriers to economic opportunity are structural or behavioral, change is possible, and our AmeriCorps VISTAs are leading the way by creating partnerships that support service as a solution to our nation's challenges.
Posted on Aug 22, 2013
Next week marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his I Have A Dream speech. As the federal agency tasked with leading the annual day of service named in his honor, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) draws inspiration from a life that encouraged service to others.