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 Nov 21, 2013
Julie Yorkshire looked for details about AmeriCorps VISTA on a website. Benjamin Weaver learned about AmeriCorps VISTA while scrolling through his Twitter feed. Now Julie and Benjamin use the same tools that lured them to the AmeriCorps VISTA program to recruit other volunteers. They are two AmeriCorps alums who are applying their volunteer mobilization skills to their current professional endeavors.
Posted on Nov 19, 2013
National service helps communities and organizations get things done, and finding and managing volunteers is part of the job.
Posted on Nov 19, 2013
When President Obama announced the Task Force on Expanding National Service in July, he asked federal agencies to work together to create a pipeline for national service participants to apply the skills they learned in the federal sector.
Posted on Nov 12, 2013
As you are undoubtedly aware, the impact of Super Typhoon Haiyan on the Philippines has been astonishing. The typhoon has caused widespread damage, including landslides and flooding, and is expected to claim the lives of thousands.
Posted on Nov 11, 2013
After serving for eight years in the U.S. Air Force, TaQuoya Kennedy returned to the homefront and noticed a veteran sifting through a trash can. She then made it her mission to become a volunteer: an idea that had crystallized in her mind months before that sighting.
Posted on Nov 9, 2013
More than 50 years ago as she dined at a local restaurant, Annette Parker mustered up the courage to approach a man wearing a U.S. Army uniform.
Posted on Nov 8, 2013
In Gen. George Washington’s farewell orders to the Continental Army, he encouraged the soldiers who united in battle to not only maintain their bond as a “patriotic band of Brothers” but to carry forward the virtues they had learned during military service when they returned home. His wisdom still rings true today, as we see example after example of our soldiers continuing to serve their communities after their military commitments end.
Posted on Nov 7, 2013
Tens of thousands of men and women answer the call to join the Armed Forces each year, and quickly find themselves inundated with the unique demands and expectations of their respective military branches.
Posted on Nov 7, 2013
James Randall “Randy” Hindert served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam as a Sergeant from 1967-1970. Recently, he began serving our nation again, this time in the local community as a tutor for AmeriCorps at Big Brothers/Big Sisters of St. Lucie, Indian River, and Okeechobee Counties in Florida.
Posted on Nov 5, 2013
He spent 10 years stationed in Fort Bragg, NC; two years in Italy; and more than one year in Iraq. Now his service continues here, on the homefront, as he helps save lives and rebuild communities.