What Inspires You to Serve?

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CNCS Staff

Our friends weigh in often on our Facebook page with comments, opinions, and all kinds of interesting observations.

The latest fill-in-the-blank status update is: “I'm inspired to volunteer by ____________”

AmeriCorps NCCC members are sworn in during the opening of the NCCC campus in Vicksburg, MS, on Sept. 1, 2009. (Corporation for National and Community Service photo)

Not surprisingly, the comments run the gamut from personal heroes to organizations. Here's a sample of what folks had to say about what inspires them to volunteer:

  • Love for others
  • Compassion
  • My mom
  • Occupy Sandy Relief NYC
  • United Way
  • Helping Eielson Air Force Base and serving with a cheerful spirit!
  • FLOTUS (That's First Lady Michelle Obama, for those not versed in acronym speak.)
  • Sargent and Eunice Kennedy Shriver (and Maria!)
  • Our students!

There are lots of reasons Americans volunteer their free time or participate in national service.

What inspires you? Visit our Facebook page and join the discussion.


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  • RT @CommHealthCorps: MT @NACHC: We're proud that the service of our @americorps members helps #FQHCs generate $26.5B in economic activity h… 1 day 12 hours ago
  • RT @WA_CNCS: "A year of service is one period of yr life but it's really about a lifetime of service" Lauren McGowan @UnitedWayKC http://t.… 2 days 2 hours ago
  • RT @WA_CNCS: "Every day you serve, you give hope to others." Bill Basl touching on VISTA. @VISTAbuzz @nationalservice 2 days 2 hours ago
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