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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 stories that had people talking recently.

10,000 Register at Tuscaloosa Volunteer Reception Center

Dennis Pillion

The Birmingham News, April 11, 2011

Organizers at the Tuscaloosa Volunteer Reception Center at 3801 Loop Road say they've credentialed around 10,000 volunteers since opening last week. And those are just the ones who followed the recommendations of the Give Tuscaloosa Web site to register. Read more >>

Senior Volunteer Program Helps Valley Groups Save Millions

Sherry Barkas

The Desert Sun, April 11, 2011

For 40 years, Coachella Valley seniors have shared their time, skills and experience with nonprofit organizations through the Retired Seniors Volunteer Program. In 2010 alone, 1,218 seniors volunteered 148,165 hours in the valley, saving organizations millions of dollars in payroll expenses. Read more >>

Hoboken High School Emergency Response Team Receives Boost from Jersey City Medical Center

The Jersey Journal, April 10, 2011

Jersey City Medical Center will officially announce its sponsorship of the Hoboken High School Emergency Response Team tomorrow 11 a.m. at an event at the Medical Center, 355 Grand Street. The only response team of its kind in New Jersey, the group consists of students at Hoboken High who respond, with supervision, to actual 911 emergency calls. Read more >>

Hundreds of Volunteers Work on 10 Habitat Houses

Georgia Pabst

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, May 9, 2011

More than 85 AmeriCorps volunteers from 13 states have come to participate in the build-athon, said Melissa Herguth of Milwaukee Habitat. They're working with other volunteers from various corporations, churches and organizations, she said. Read more >>

For Some, Helping With Disaster Relief Is Not Just Aid, It’s a Calling

Kim Severson

The New York Times, May 9, 2011

The minute they got the call from Southern Baptist Convention disaster relief leaders that tornadoes had ripped through the South, the Blankenships grabbed their sleeping bags and sturdy shoes and headed out from their home in Decatur, Ala. Read more >>

Moms Empower One Another at Habitat for Humanity Event

Brittney Wong

The Seattle Times, May 7, 2011

"When you think of the construction industry, you think it's sort of a man's world," said Jodi Marmion, a Habitat spokeswoman. "We want to show through Women Build that isn't necessarily true." Builders included volunteers, AmeriCorps members, Habitat staff and Habitat homeowners. Read more >>

The Rapid Rise of Service Learning

Heather A. Davis

Penn Current, May 5, 2011

Two Penn faculty members say in a recent paper, “Pursuing Franklin’s Dream: Philosophical and Historical Roots of Service-Learning,” that the rise of service learning into the curricula of colleges and universities has been incredibly rapid. But service learning is not foreign territory for these institutions—many of them have this dedication to service learning built into their core missions. Read more >>

Program Provides ‘Senior Companions'

Natalie Chandler

San Antonio Express-News, May 5, 2011

About 300 Bexar County adults are served through the Christian Senior Services' Senior Companions Program, which teaches volunteers how to assist them. Read more >>

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