Posted on Mar 28, 2014
The idea of combining service and leadership is one that defined the life of Cesar Chavez. He dedicated his life to bringing attention to the poverty of migrant farmworkers and other segments of the population that were marginalized or overlooked. Chavez also showed us that, no matter how humble our beginnings, we can all accomplish great things.
With firsthand knowledge of the life of migrant farmworkers, Chavez wanted to ensure that those working in the fields were treated fairly, and were able to strive for better lives for themselves and their children despite their circumstances. Chavez’s leadership helped families secure a safe place to live, get fair wages for their work, and have the opportunity to obtain an education.
As leaders of national service and civic participation across America, we value the themes from Chavez’s life story that inspire the work many of national service family members every day.
During Cesar Chavez Day on March 31, the White House will recognize a group of Americans who are building on his legacy of service as Champions of Change. Two members of our national service family are among those being honored.
AmeriCorps alum Germain Castellanos took lessons he learned with the Illinois’ Youth Conservation Corps to leave behind a past that was caught up in gang-related...
Posted on Mar 25, 2014
As Secretary of Agriculture, I take USDA’s nickname of the “People’s Department”—first coined by President Abraham Lincoln—to heart. Over the past five years, we have worked hard to build upon our tradition of service to the American people, supporting both the farmers and ranchers who grow our food and giving American families confidence that the food they buy at the grocery store is safe, healthy and affordable.
Posted on Feb 26, 2014
March has been designated Healthy Futures Month for the AmeriCorps 20th Anniversary celebration. So, what does Healthy Futures mean?...
Posted on Feb 19, 2014
Do you have questions about national service or AmeriCorps, and the services we provide to improve educational outcomes around the nation? Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service will be taking your questions during her next Twitter chat tomorrow!
Posted on Feb 17, 2014
Iowa can add another “first-in-the-nation” jewel to its crown with today’s announcement by Governor Terry Branstad of the creation of the Governor’s Council on National Service in Iowa.
Posted on Jan 28, 2014
Tonight millions of Americans will watch President Obama deliver his fifth State of the Union Address. One AmeriCorps alum will have a choice seat for all the action. Kathy Hollowell-Makle, who served for two years as an AmeriCorps member with Teach For America, will be a special guest of First Lady Michelle Obama.
Posted on Jan 24, 2014
After watching Hurricane Katrina devastate the gulf coast, I wanted to help. My brother told me about a Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) program called AmeriCorps and said I should look into it. I went online and applied to a few programs, but was hoping I'd get the chance to make a difference in the gulf.
Posted on Dec 31, 2013
This past year, we engaged millions of Americans in high-impact service, meeting pressing needs in communities across the nation. Working hand in hand with thousands of local partners, our members and volunteers improved lives, expanded economic opportunity, and strengthened communities. As 2013 draws to a close, let’s take a look back at some of our favorite national service moments.
Posted on Dec 23, 2013
We always believed that once you became a homeowner, you were insulated from homelessness or hunger, unless a health or work catastrophe occurred, but seeing the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina changed our view of security in America.
Posted on Dec 23, 2013
'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the land, AmeriCorps members were driving, in a basic white van. But their stockings weren't hung; no, not with care. They’re riding in a van, going to who knows where;
Posted on Dec 3, 2013
Last month in Seattle, I had the opportunity to join St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman, President of the National League of Cities, and Mesa Mayor Scott Smith, President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, to announce the second annual Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service, which will be on April 1, 2014.