National Service Blog
Posted on Mar 12, 2014
Just two years ago FEMA and the Corporation for National and Community Service’s AmeriCorps NCCC program launched a unique program called FEMA Corps. FEMA Corps provides Americans, age 18-24, with an opportunity to help people recover from disasters.
When disaster strikes, FEMA Corps members are on the ground, working hand-in-hand with FEMA to coordinate disaster response. Members go house-to-house, enrolling people in FEMA benefits. They run disaster recovery centers, manage food and supplies, assess damages, and work with members of the community to support survivors.
As director of AmeriCorps NCCC, I have had the privilege of meeting hundreds of FEMA Corps members. I have met members on the beaches of New Jersey and New York in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. I have traveled to Colorado and seen members assisting flood survivors. Everywhere I go, I am deeply impressed with the members I meet. They are all doing important, life-changing work. They tell me how joining FEMA Corps has provided them with leadership training, helped them build career skills, allowed them to travel to places they never dreamed about, and work with a team of dedicated professionals.
We created the video above to give folks a glimpse of what it is like to serve in FEMA Corps. Please watch it and share it with your...
Posted on Feb 17, 2014
Iowa can add another “first-in-the-nation” jewel to its crown with today’s announcement by Governor Terry Branstad of the creation of the Governor’s Council on National Service in Iowa.
Posted on Feb 16, 2014
Do you have questions about national service or AmeriCorps, and the services we provide to improve educational outcomes around the nation? Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service will be taking your questions during her next Twitter chat later this week!Join us on Thursday, Feb. 20, at 3:00 p.m. Eastern time for a live Twitter Q&A. Here's how it works:
Posted on Feb 11, 2014
As part of the AmeriCorps 20th anniversary, national and local officials visited Stanton Elementary School in Washington, DC, to mark the first anniversary of the School Turnaround AmeriCorps partnership between the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) and the Department of Education.
Posted on Feb 10, 2014
In the months leading up to her college graduation, Diana Martin sketched a mental blueprint for her future. Her past volunteer work as a summer camp assistant, tutor, and soccer coach all added up to one thing—educating children must be part of that future. And the AmeriCorps program, Diana decided, would help her reach that goal.
Posted on Feb 7, 2014
Whenever the talk begins about our nation making quality education a priority, it’s no surprise that some may be cynical. After all, we have too many children entering school unprepared, too many falling behind early, and too many dropping out before graduation. Why can’t we change this story? The truth is, we can – and we are.
Posted on Feb 5, 2014
AmeriCorps member Margaret Montague is used to having a steady stream of students come to see her for college advice in her office at T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, VA, just outside the nation's capital.
Posted on Feb 3, 2014
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.
Posted on Jan 31, 2014
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.
Posted on Jan 31, 2014
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
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.