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  • Posted on Mar 28, 2014
    By Samantha Vernon

     

    I am an AmeriCorps VISTA member serving in Montana with the Global Health Equity Foundation on their social media based project titled "Let's Talk." This project allows me to work toward enabling Healthy Futures in a different way. In fact, I'm the only member working on a mental health project in the state.

    Let's Talk promotes conversations and awareness around the issue of suicide in Montana. This unfortunate problem is being addressed by a group of courageous teenagers who are standing up to tell their stories in an attempt to provide support so that other teens know it's okay to talk and that no one is alone.

    AmeriCorps VISTA Samantha Vernon served with FEMA Corps in Queens, NY, on projects during the Hurricane Sandy recovery before her current assignment in Montana.Before I became an AmeriCorps VISTA member, I worked with AmeriCorps NCCC FEMA Corps where I saw first-hand how natural disasters and poverty affect mental health. My team and I were stationed in Queens, New York, to help with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Many of those people were devastated by the loss of their belongings, their livelihoods, their homes, and even friends and family...

  • Posted on Feb 4, 2013
    By CNCS Staff

     

    The Service News Digest is a regular feature on the Serve.gov blog. In this series, we showcase articles that feature national service and Corporation for National and Community Service programs. Take a look at some of the great stories that had people talking recently.
  • Posted on Feb 1, 2013
    By CNCS Staff

     

    As the big game between the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers approaches this Sunday, the mayors from those cities are taking a different approach to the traditional, friendly wager. This year, the focus will be on volunteering and community service.
  • Posted on Jan 26, 2013
    By CNCS Staff

     

    The Service News Digest is a regular feature on the Serve.gov blog. In this series, we showcase articles that feature national service and Corporation for National and Community Service programs. This week, we're focusing on some of the great stories about the National Day of Service and the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service from around the nation.
    Tags: MLK Day
  • Posted on Jan 24, 2013
    By Wendy Spencer

     

    This weekend was a major moment for national service, and I want to share some of the many highlights that inspired me.As the federal agency that leads the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, we worked closely with the Presidential Inaugural Committee to make the President’s National Day of Service and MLK Day into a Weekend of Service.
  • Posted on Jan 23, 2013
    By CNCS Staff

     

    When people talk about mentoring, the discussion often focuses on the young people being served. But mentors will tell you that they also get something from these special relationships. Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS)  shared her mentoring story with us.
  • Posted on Jan 23, 2013
    By Greg Tucker

     

    Volunteers packed the D.C. Armory in Washington, DC, on Jan. 19, 2013, to participate in Dr. Martin Luther King Day of Service and National Day of Service activities. Participants assembled 100,000 care kits for Operation Gratitude and wrote letters to U.S. soldiers during the event. Watch this blog for more National Day of Service photos from around the nation.
    Tags: MLK Day
  • Posted on Jan 18, 2013
    By CNCS Staff

     

    This weekend, Americans will join their neighbors in the National Day of Service and Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) encourages everyone to take some time during the holiday to make it “a day on, not a day off.
  • Posted on Jan 18, 2013
    By CNCS Staff

     

    On April 9, mayors across the country will highlight the impact of national service in their cities and thank the individuals who serve during the first-ever Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service. The initiative will be led by U.S. Conference of Mayors President and Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), Cities of Service, and other organizations.
  • Posted on Jan 17, 2013
    By CNCS Staff

     

    Continuing a tradition he started at his first inauguration in 2009, President Barack Obama is calling on Americans all across the country to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and participate in the National Day of Service on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013.
    Tags: MLK Day
  • Posted on Jan 17, 2013
    By CNCS Staff

     

    President Obama encourages everyone to join him and the First Family for the National Day of Service on Saturday, Jan. 19, in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. People all across the nation will be participating in service projects – watch the video and learn how you can participate in the event.

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