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National Service Blog

  • Posted on Aug 20, 2015

    How well or poorly a child reads in the third grade is a good predictor of his or her future success. Social Innovation Fund (SIF) grantee Silicon Valley Community Foundation (SVCF) is helping catalyze action and investment in pre-K-3 education to better prepare San Mateo County third-graders for reading and continued achievement.

    The eight-year-old, Mountain View, CA-based SVCF is the largest community foundation in the United States, with more than $6 billion in assets under management. It serves San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties, focusing on solving the most challenging problems, improving quality of life, and inspiring greater civic participation.

    Although it’s home to the prosperous high-tech hub of Silicon Valley, the region faces stark income inequality and the socioeconomic challenges that result from it. Forty-three percent of San Mateo County’s third-grade students are not reading at grade level, rising to over 60 percent for Latino, African-American, and Pacific Islander third-graders.

    Recognizing the importance of reading proficiency to closing the achievement gap, in 2012 SVCF helped convene a group of county leaders and community-...

  • Posted on Aug 19, 2009
    Three weeks before the summer began, the school board told staff members at the Boys and Girls Club of the Emerald Coast that they would not be able to serve lunch to the youth club members for the first time in five years.
  • Posted on Aug 18, 2009
    Yes, United We Serve!
  • Posted on Aug 18, 2009
    All across the USA, the members of the Lajna Imaillah, the women’s auxiliary of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community (AMC), are reaching out to help those in need. It is the central teaching of Islam that supporting the poor and the less-fortunate goes hand in hand with worship of God.
  • Posted on Aug 18, 2009
    Every year in America, over 100 million new cell phones are sold at stores and malls. Of theses sales, 95% sales are going to consumers that already have a phone. What do you do with your old phone?
  • Posted on Aug 18, 2009
    Students from Laconia High School in New Hampshire are well on their way to the creation of a DVD that will contain blueprints and critical information to be used by emergency services. In addition to creating a new emergency brochure for parents, students are using state-of-the-art Computer Aided Drafting software and laser measuring tools to create detailed floor plans and 3-D views of each room in the high school. I
  • Posted on Aug 18, 2009
    I walk for my daughter, Meghan, August 1, 1985 – October 22, 2007. I walk for YOUR DAUGHTER, TOO. This is Meghan’s Story ….
  • Posted on Aug 18, 2009
    Summer is a season of heightened hunger in America. As the school year ends and school nutrition programs end with it, many children lose an important source of food. Regular donations to local charities are also interrupted by travel and changed summer schedules. In 2009, economic troubles have made the challenges facing many families even greater. When John Berry became the Director of OPM this spring, Virginia Congressman Frank Wolf asked him if Federal workers might be able to help food banks in the National Capital Region, and the Feds Feed Families food drive was born.
  • Posted on Aug 17, 2009
    Regardless of her disability, Blair has always loved community service. On June 17, the same day Blair graduated from high school, she volunteered with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles’ “A Brush With Kindness” Program through ABILITY Corps.
  • Posted on Aug 17, 2009
    Student Alejandro Gonzalez at San Antonio College in San Antonio, Texas, presents his Domestic Violence Awareness Month poster to the Task Force Against Domestic Violence and Capitol One Bank.
  • Posted on Aug 17, 2009
    In Little Rock, Arkansas, on July 20, 2009, about 150 junior and senior high school students, many of them from nearby Pine Bluff, attended a day-long summit to discuss the importance of public service and education.


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