National Service Blog

  • Posted on Feb 17, 2016

    By John J Lira, Veterans and Military Families Program Officer
     

    The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) and the National Veterans Corps recognize the unique skills and determination that veterans bring to national service and welcomes them as leaders. Throughout the country, more than 1,300 veterans continue to  serve their country as AmeriCorps members in high-need communities doing meaningful, mission-oriented work for the betterment of the country. As AmeriCorps members, veterans work to solve some of the biggest issues facing communities including wildlife conservation, fighting to end veteran homelessness, teaching in high-needs schools, providing disaster services, and managing nonprofit operations. Joseph Clay, a former Marine Corps Sergeant now serving in AmeriCorps through Teach For America, is just one example of the thousands of National Veterans Corps members that are continuing to make a difference in their country through national service.

    Teach For America has a 25 year history of engaging college graduates and young professionals to teach in high-needs schools to end education inequality. In 2012, Teach For America launched its  You Served For America, Now Teach For America  initiative to help bring more veterans, just like Clay, into the fight against educational inequity and in effort to help veterans and military families find...

  • Posted on Oct 2, 2009
    EducationWorks, which serves children and youth in urban neighborhoods, including Trenton in NJ, wanted to participate in a service event to recognize the new National Day of Service and Remembrance on 9/11/2009. But the organization’s programs hadn’t started yet. The Kenyon Hodges Computer Learning Center, a neighborhood network center at Kingsbury Corporation’s Twin Towers, also wanted to participate in the United We Service Initiative. But the Trenton-area nonprofit had never done a service project before.
  • Posted on Oct 1, 2009
    On a day when President Obama urged all Americans to remember through service, professional athletes in Austin, Texas answered the call. These athletes joined in a special partnership between Athletes for Hope and the United Way Capital Area to participate in the Fall Day of Caring.
  • Posted on Oct 1, 2009
    Karen Ehlert is sure “it’s pretty darn cold’ in the mountains of Afghanistan in the winter. With her 27 year old son, Ted, serving in the U.S. Marine Corps, Karen decided she wanted to help his squad. She received an e-mail from Ted with an idea – knitted helmet liners. They cover the head and neck, leaving only the eyes and nose exposed. “They are not exactly a fashion statement, but I can imagine they’re nice and warm” Karen said. “I do a lot of sewing, a lot of crafting, and I don’t think he knew I couldn’t knit,” Karen commented of her son’s suggestion.
  • Posted on Oct 1, 2009
    I attend Stone Bridge High School in Ashburn, Virginia, where I am a member of the varsity cheerleading squad. This year I helped organize my team to participate in a community service project to remember September 11. Because I volunteer at Evercare Hospice & Palliative Care, my volunteer coordinator, Jen Jackson suggested my team decorate flower pots to give to nursing home residents at Sunrise Senior Living Center in Leesburg, Virginia. I talked to my team and coach, and they thought it was a great idea.
  • Posted on Sep 29, 2009
    Can you sing, dance, or act? Then you can serve! Usher’s New Look has encouraged youth to answer President Obama’s call for service and change. At Camp New Look 2009, young people explored different ways to address issues in their community using their particular talents. It is based on the “Issue Action Power” model; an exclusive song, by the same name, was presented to the audience at the camp’s annual closing event. Download the song (MP3)
  • Posted on Sep 29, 2009
    One of the most impactful and rewarding ways to serve any community, but particularly my community in Rochester NY, is to mentor a youth. I myself am a mentor in the Mentoring Children of Prisoners Program (a program of Compeer Rochester), which is a federally funded mentoring initiative for youth who have a parent or guardian who is incarcerated.
  • Posted on Sep 29, 2009
    UPS employee volunteers transformed a small patch of unused land into a garden full of hearty produce: corn, onions, okra, squash, tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, carrots, beans, sweet potatoes and watermelon now fill a space that was previously vacant and unattractive. A team of employees from two UPS departments collaborated to create this garden for Atlanta’s Positive Outlook Foundation, Inc. (POFI), a transitional housing program that assists homeless families working toward obtaining permanent housing. UPS is a HandsOn Network supporter.
  • Posted on Sep 29, 2009
    The Northeast Ecological Corridor, protected as a Nature Reserve in April 2008, lies between the towns of Luquillo and Fajardo on Puerto Rico's northeastern shoreline. Its 3,200 acres include forests, wetlands, beaches, coral communities, a bioluminescent lagoon and one of the hottest surfing spots on Puerto Rico's east coast: "La Selva" (the jungle). The corridor is home to over 850 species, 50 of them endemic and threatened, and its beaches are one of the three most important nesting sites for the leatherback sea turtle in the U.S.
  • Posted on Sep 29, 2009
    Students from 11 New York City schools competed in the first Teen Iron Chef competition of culinary skills and talent organized by HealthCorps®, Family Cook Productions and Urban Assembly School of Music and Art. Guest Judges included: Broadway composer Stepp Stewart; Chef Chris Cheung; School Food Chef William Dougherty, and an array of educators and culinarians. Four teams of four students created four dishes representing four cultures. The teams were judged on a variety of criteria, including: knife skills, food safety, organization, entertainment value, and taste and presentation.
  • Posted on Sep 22, 2009
    As the National Day of Service and Remembrance came to a close, Sprite renewed the urgent call for volunteerism across America by launching the Sprite Step Off Service Challenge on the Mall of Washington on September 12.

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