National Service Blog
Posted on Dec 12, 2013
The recent death of Nelson Mandela affected many who were touched by his inspirational life story, and his fight as a political prisoner to create a free and democratic South Africa. City Year, an AmeriCorps grantee, paid tribute to Mandela in a message from its CEO and co-founder, Michael Brown.
Noting that Mandela inspired the founding of City Year South Africa, the program’s first international site, Brown wrote:
"Education," Nelson Mandela has said, "is the greatest weapon you can use to change the world." City Year’s motto is “give a year, change the world” and we give that year in the highest-need public schools in the US, in the United Kingdom and in South Africa. Today, we re-dedicate ourselves to that work in Nelson Mandela’s memory, and continue to try to emulate his humility, commitment to social justice, and his unflagging dedication to a cause greater than self.
You can find the rest of the tribute on the City Year website.
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.
Posted on Aug 22, 2013
Next week marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his I Have A Dream speech. As the federal agency tasked with leading the annual day of service named in his honor, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) draws inspiration from a life that encouraged service to others.
Posted on Aug 19, 2013
It’s back-to-school time. In the upcoming weeks, children across the country will be asked this quintessential question: “What did you do this summer?” The answer for nearly 3,000 Baltimore elementary students may surprise you.With the help of 93 AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associates, they practiced reading and writing. More importantly, they had lots of fun in the process!
Posted on Aug 15, 2013
As a part of the National Preparedness & Response Corps (NPRC), over 100 AmeriCorps members recently joined the ranks of the American Red Cross and will take positions in 21 chapters around the country to help communities be better prepared for disasters.
Posted on Aug 13, 2013
On June 25, President Obama made a federal disaster declaration for parts of Alaska along the Yukon River due to ice jam-related flooding from May 17 to June 11. On cue, a team of AmeriCorps members soon arrived in the remote village of Galena to help people there begin to recover.
Posted on Jul 29, 2013
A few years ago, a young teenager named Chris was living the street life in Austin, Texas, a high school dropout dealing drugs and facing bleak prospects for the future. While spending time at a juvenile detention center, two Senior Corps volunteers offered Chris love, support, and consistent finger-wagging, encouraging him to take his life in a new direction. Today, thanks to AmeriCorps, Chris has graduated from high school, gained valuable work skills, and found his passion in life - becoming a wildland firefighter.
Posted on Jul 26, 2013
A flash flood on July 17 swept through Bannack State Park, a ghost town near Dillon, MT, unearthing many historic artifacts that were scattered throughout the flood zone. Shortly thereafter, a 14-member team from Montana State Parks AmeriCorps sprang into action to locate, tag, and recover items from the site.
Posted on Jul 26, 2013
Last week, members of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) family joined Volunteer West Virginia and the Citizens Conservation Corps of West Virginia as more than 40,000 volunteers descended on the Mountain State to perform 350 service projects across nine counties. By the time all was said and done, volunteers performed more than 300,000 hours of service during a five-day period.
Posted on Jul 25, 2013
In the spirit of Let’s Read. Let’s Move., Atlanta is tackling the challenge to keep kids’ brains and bodies active through the new Mayor’s Summer Reading Club, which will host a series of events across the city that cater to the community’s young readers.
Posted on Jul 19, 2013
What an amazing week for national service! From the White House to West Virginia, service was in the spotlight.