National Service Blog

  • 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 Sep 11, 2009
    I wanted to share some news with you that the First Lady and I are excited to share on this National Day of Service and Remembrance.
  • Posted on Sep 10, 2009
    Working for a company for 25 years shows loyalty—volunteering for an organization for 25 years is much more than just loyalty. It is dedication, selflessness, and passion for what one does. Wanda Allen-Yearout is one of only a few individuals with this huge accomplishment, but she is very modest about it.
  • Posted on Sep 10, 2009
    In 2007 we started the Boston Latin School Youth Climate Action Network as a student led extracurricular club devoted to helping the environment. That same year, we won Do Something’s “Increase Your Green Competition” for the positive changes we made in our school and community. At our first meeting, over 90 students showed up, and formed seven specific committees to take action. Less than a year later, our membership has swelled to over 300 students, and 16 separate committees!
  • Posted on Sep 10, 2009
    A few years ago, my husband helped build two new prisons in our rural West Virginia town. During the Christmas holidays, my husband had to go to the construction site daily to put kerosene in heaters because the new drywall had to be kept at warm temperatures and on one occasion, gave me a mini tour of the still vacant prison. Stepping into one of the cells gave essence to one of the coldest feelings I could imagine. As a member of the faith community, I was drawn from that moment with a desire to reach out in some way to those who might spend their time in the cold concrete cells.
  • Posted on Sep 10, 2009
    Verizon employees across the country have collected more than $500,000 worth of back-to-school supplies to assist schools and nonprofit organizations. The volunteers participated in the Verizon Foundation's three-week Tools for School campaign to collect new and gently used rulers, crayons, backpacks and other items children need to start the school year. Employees at more than 500 Verizon locations took part in the campaign.
  • Posted on Sep 10, 2009
    In a well-traveled corridor in the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Education wing, President and Mrs. Obama dance at the inaugural ball, frozen in papier-mâché; a horse and rider made of steel wire prepare to charge into battle; an aluminum-foil woman lifts a friend from a pile of shattered dreams, represented by pieces of broken mirror, tiny Monopoly houses, and bits of paper money. The themes are potent and the concepts are strong—especially considering the artists who created them are legally blind.
  • Posted on Sep 9, 2009
    During United We Serve's Safety and Security Week, the Montana Governor's Office of Community Service had a great time in Lockwood on the last day of our Fire Ready Montana tour! It was a beautiful day and all the local fire and emergency officials were there, along with several community booths. Residents came out with their kids to meet Smokey Bear and enjoy the fire truck demonstrations. It truly was a community event!
  • Posted on Sep 9, 2009
    The University Muslim Medical Association (UMMA) Community Clinic is the first full-time community health center in the United States established by Muslims – a true milestone for Muslims of America. Its mission is to promote the well-being of the underserved by providing access to high-quality health care for all, regardless of ability to pay. Located two blocks away from the flashpoint of the 1992 riots in South Los Angeles, the UMMA Community Clinic stands as the medical home for thousands of uninsured residents that have no other alternative.
  • Posted on Sep 9, 2009
    Secretary Vilsack reiterated President Obama’s call to service and talked about the importance of people of all faiths and backgrounds working together to solve our country’s greatest challenges. He also discussed the role of energy efficiency in the long-term sustainability of the American economy, including provisions in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) that promote green job creation. In addition, pointed out that many of the seniors at Maple Terrace receive a box of groceries each month from USDA through the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP).
  • Posted on Sep 9, 2009
    Robert R: I have volunteered for the Nashville Public Library for something like fifteen years because the library needed me. My friends in retirement volunteered at the old building when new books needed wrapping with Mylar, in the technical services department. We were called the "Mylar Boys." It was like a club.

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