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  • Posted on Jun 15, 2015

    Forty percent (PDF) of asthma episodes are caused by preventable hazards found in homes, including mold and dust mites. Social Innovation Fund (SIF) grantee Green & Healthy Homes Initiative (GHHI) is helping low-income individuals and families reduce such asthma triggers in their households.

    It is doing so using a cost-effective and integrated approach that utilizes a comprehensive environmental assessment based on eight elements of “green and healthy homes:” dry, clean, pest-free, safe, contaminant-free, well-ventilated, well-maintained, and energy-efficient. A review of published studies (PDF) by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services suggests that such home-based, multicomponent asthma interventions provide substantial return on investment.

    GHHI’s asthma program is part of its integrated intervention services that also includes remediation and education for home health, safety, and energy efficiency. Its first pay for success project is located in Baltimore, Md., and will include Calvert Foundation and other investors providing up-front capital to scale the program. Program partners Johns Hopkins Health Care and the Johns Hopkins Health System will then pay back to the Calvert Foundation a portion of avoided medical costs if the program achieves agreed-upon outcomes, such as decreased asthma-related emergency room visits and hospitalizations.

    To show funders the program was...

  • Posted on Nov 29, 2013
    By Sandy Scott

     

    For the past 15 years, Chad Pregracke has made it his life’s work to clean up the Mississippi River and other American waterways, mobilizing more than 70,000 volunteers to remove seven million pounds of garbage from rivers across the country.  For his tireless work to organize river cleanups, Pregracke was named the
  • Posted on Nov 27, 2013
    By Greg Tucker

     

    November is National Native American Heritage Month, and the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is honored to provide programming to and celebrate the contributions of the first Americans to our national service programs and initiatives.
  • 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.

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