Posted on Aug 26, 2013
To strengthen our communities, we have to break down the barriers that can discourage Americans from building a better life for themselves and their families. Whether these barriers to economic opportunity are structural or behavioral, change is possible, and our AmeriCorps VISTAs are leading the way by creating partnerships that support service as a solution to our nation's challenges.
AmeriCorps VISTA has been at the forefront of fighting poverty for nearly 50 years, and its members are embracing that heritage through service with public and private sector partners. The Corporation for National and Community Service is proud of VISTA's leadership in creating innovative and cost-effective partnerships to meet national priorities and carry out the goals set by President Obama when he recently established the Task Force on Expanding National Service.
We are excited to tell you about three of these VISTA partnerships to expand economic opportunity that will bear fruit now -- and for many years to come.
In education, it's crucial to create an early spark that can fuel a lifetime of imagination and exploration. Our new Maker AmeriCorps VISTA program will give children the chance to explore science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) subjects in fun and creative ways.
This program, inspired by the Maker movement, will use do-it-yourself projects to bring out the natural curiosity that dwells within every child. Once our young people see the...
Posted on Feb 27, 2013
The IRS filing deadline is less than two months away, reviving a task that ranks somewhere near having a root canal for a lot of Americans. However, there are many national service members who are ready and willing to tackle the job, free of charge, through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. Who says accountants should have all the fun?
Posted on Oct 10, 2012
The following post was originally published on the Department of Labor's Work in Progress blog on October 1, 2012. Kathy Martinez serves as Assistant Secretary, Office of Disability Employment Policy at the agency.
Posted on Aug 30, 2012
Since 1882, Americans have paused to observe Labor Day in a “yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.” But before you enjoy a well-earned day off on September 3, consider giving a minute to help an unemployed or underemployed person find satisfying work and help transform the holiday into “Give Labor Day.”
Posted on Feb 14, 2012
This Valentine's Day, volunteers across Montana are showing love for our veterans, mobilizing in an effort to help America's heroes prepare tax returns at several Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites around the state including Billings, Bozeman, and Helena.