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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 Dec 23, 2013
    By Greg Tucker


    'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the land, AmeriCorps members were driving, in a basic white van. But their stockings weren't hung; no, not with care. They’re riding in a van, going to who knows where;
  • Posted on Dec 17, 2013
    By Audrey Suker


    As AmeriCorps celebrates its 20th anniversary, it’s exciting to reflect on what the authors of the National Community Service Trust Act imagined for the power of national service. They believed that service should be an innovative public-private partnership, and Minnesota Reading Corps is bringing that vision to life.
  • Posted on Dec 17, 2013
    By Wendy Spencer


    During this holiday season, we are reminded of a timeless lesson: it is better to give than receive, more blessed to serve than be served. And our new Volunteering and Civic Life in America report shows that Americans embrace this idea -- not only during the holidays, but all year long.
  • Posted on Dec 12, 2013
    By Greg Tucker


    The recent death of Nelson Mandela affected many who were touched by his inspirational life story, and his fight as a political prisoner to create a free and democratic South Africa. City Year, an AmeriCorps grantee, paid tribute to Mandela in a message from its CEO and co-founder, Michael Brown.
  • Posted on Dec 10, 2013
    By CNCS Staff


    The 2014 Martin Luther King Day of Service is a little more than a month away, and now is the time to order materials to promote the event and join Americans across the nation who will be volunteering in their communities.
    Tags: MLK Day
  • Posted on Dec 3, 2013
    By Wendy Spencer


    Last month in Seattle, I had the opportunity to join St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman, President of the National League of Cities, and Mesa Mayor Scott Smith, President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, to announce the second annual Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service, which will be on April 1, 2014. 
  • 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.


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