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  • 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 May 8, 2013
    By Wendy Spencer

     

    This week, the Corporation for National and Community Service, elected officials, and community leaders are marking the contributions of Senior Corps volunteers across the country. In fact, more than 40 governors have issued proclamations for Senior Corps Week.Senior Corps taps the skills and experience of more than 360,000 Americans age 55 and over to meet a wide range of community needs through the Foster Grandparent Program, RSVP, and the Senior Companion Program.
  • Posted on May 4, 2013
    By Greg Tucker

     

    Welcome to the new online home for the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). You’ve probably noticed that we’ve made a few changes to the look and feel of our site, so we’ve put together this short guide to navigating the site and finding what you need.
  • Posted on Apr 29, 2013
    By Kelly DeGraff

     

    Six months ago, Hurricane Sandy struck communities all along the East Coast.
  • Posted on Apr 26, 2013
    By Wendy Spencer

     

    In recent days, we have witnessed remarkable acts of courage and compassion in the wake of tragedy.From the first responders in Boston who ran into danger to treat the wounded, to the volunteers who built floodwalls to save their Midwestern towns, to the firefighters who rushed in to battle a raging fire in West, Texas, citizens came together to help when it was needed most.Time and again, we have seen the courage and heroism of first responders and ordinary citizens after tragedy strikes.
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  • Posted on Apr 23, 2013
    By Becky Fried

     

    The following post was originally published on the White House Blog on April 22, 2013. Becky Fried is a Communications and Policy Analyst at the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy.
  • Posted on Apr 22, 2013
    By Greg Tucker

     

    Every October, millions of people across the nation volunteer their time during Make A Difference Day to make their communities better places to live. This week, 10 projects and three cities will be honored with Make A Difference Awards, and several national service participants – including two AmeriCorps members – will be recognized.
  • Posted on Apr 19, 2013
    By CNCS Staff

     

    Don’t miss this year’s National Conference on Volunteering and Service… or the early-bird registration rate!
  • Posted on Apr 18, 2013
    By CNCS Staff

     

    This month is full of volunteering and community impact.National Volunteer Week is April 21-27, followed by a weekend where millions of young people across the country will participate in the 2013 Global Youth Service Day taking place on April 26-28.These days of service are great opportunities for everyone to get out and volunteer in their own community.You can find volunteer opportunities at Serve.gov.
  • Posted on Apr 12, 2013
    Tags: White House
  • Posted on Apr 10, 2013
    By Wendy Spencer

     

    America is a nation of volunteers. Results from our annual Volunteering in America survey show how willing our friends and neighbors are to lend a helping hand. More than 64 million Americans volunteer each year, strengthening the nation's safety net and providing vital services to our communities.

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