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 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.
  • 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.

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