National Service Blog

  • Posted on May 20, 2016

    Earlier this week I traveled to Joplin, Missouri, for a trip I will never forget. The Joplin story is one of a community that that never gave up, that demonstrated steely resolve in the face of tragedy, and that is coming back stronger and better than before. It is also the story of volunteers – 130,000 strong and counting – whose selfless service has lifted up an entire community when it needed it most.

    For many residents, the one year anniversary was a painful reminder of the devastating EF-5 tornado that ripped through Joplin, killing 161 people, destroying 7,500 homes and buildings, and leaving a trail of destruction through the heart of the city.

    A destroyed home displays a thank you message by Joplin resididents to volunteers.

    But even more so, the anniversary was a symbol of hope, pride, optimism, and unity. The people of Joplin did not let themselves be defined by what happened on May 22, 2011. Instead they defined themselves by what happened after - their extraordinary resilience and desire to rebuild.

    As President Obama told the graduating seniors at Joplin High School, “Here in Joplin, you've also learned that we have the power to grow...

  • Posted on Aug 7, 2009
    This summer I’ve been working as an AmeriCorps Summer VISTA for a non-profit group called Parents Plus. I have just returned from a year abroad in Spain but I figured with my AmeriCorps position mostly involving office work I would not have much of an opportunity to practice my Spanish this summer. I was mistaken.
  • Posted on Aug 7, 2009
    I graduated with my MPH from Boston University (BU) School of Public Health in January of 2008. At that time I was working on a public health research project at BU, an occupational health screening project for former workers of Department of Energy Laboratories.
  • Posted on Aug 6, 2009
    United We Serve to Save Energy & the Earth!! I organized a home energy efficiency event in Battle Creek, Michigan. The overarching goal was to reach out to the Battle Creek community to help lower their energy costs and decrease carbon pollution emissions.
  • Posted on Aug 6, 2009
    First reading service experience today (July 27, 2009) at the Charles Houston Recreation Center here in Alexandria. Arrived a bit early to a beautiful new community center that was spacious and inviting.
  • Posted on Aug 6, 2009
    Odyssey House, Inc., a 40 year old non-profit community service agency devoted to assisting disenfranchised individuals with substance abuse and mental health problems, serves many different populations in our residential treatment facilities and supportive housing.
  • Posted on Aug 6, 2009
    I am a Veterans Affairs Voluntary Service Deputy at the Batavia, NY, Veterans Hospital and Representative at the NYSNH in Batavia, NY. I serve through the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 626, in the town of Alabama, NY.
  • Posted on Aug 6, 2009
    I am volunteering at the Ramsey County Care Center in St.Paul. We did this service project to learn how to help our community by volunteering. I have learned that volunteering is important because you do it for yourself not because you have to or because you want money for it, but because it matters to you that you have made some body happy for a day. You have let somebody know that you care about them.
  • Posted on Aug 5, 2009
    Governor Timothy M. Kaine of Virginia participated in two United We Serve volunteer projects at the end of July including a park clean up and weatherization of a home.
  • Posted on Aug 5, 2009
    On July 23rd, in support of United We Serve’s Community Renewal Week, Deputy Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ron Sims and Director of White House Office of Urban Affairs Adolfo Carrion joined Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) and member of Teens 4 Good at the East Poplar Urban Farm
  • Posted on Aug 5, 2009
    Hi, I'm Leta, a 55 year old who has always tried to volunteer at some level. When I was younger & more fit, I volunteered as a staff member for my church's youth camps. I also started giving blood regularly at my local Red Cross collection center. Then, after a brief marriage and divorce, I plunged into volunteerism again to renew my faith and give myself a purpose in life. Believe me, volunteering does wonders for a wounded soul because I received far more than I gave.

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