Official Statements

Nov 5, 2009
Dear National Service Colleagues,Last Friday, President Obama signed a continuing resolution which will fund the Corporation for National and Community Service and various other federal agencies and programs at Fiscal 2009 levels through December 18, 2009.
Oct 16, 2009
College Station, Texas4:39 P.M. CDTTHE PRESIDENT: Thank you. Thank you so much. Thank you. So, howdy, Aggies.AUDIENCE: Howdy!THE PRESIDENT: It is an honor to be here with all of you today at this outstanding university. (Applause.)
Oct 15, 2009
Freedom TowerMiami, Florida 12:52 P.M. EDT MRS. OBAMA: Thank you everyone. Please, please, have a seat. Thank you so much. Congressman Boyd, I want to thank you for that very kind introduction. And thank you for your outstanding leadership in Washington on behalf of Florida's families, and for your proud support of Florida Campus Compact and the cause of service –- here in this state and across the country. We are very proud of you. And let's give Congressman Boyd a round of applause. (Applause.)
Oct 8, 2009
Speaking before a group of nonprofit and philanthropic leaders on June 30th, President Obama stated that:
Oct 1, 2009
Dear Colleagues,The Corporation continues to be highly focused on implementing the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, and we want to highlight some recent activities since our last update in July.
Oct 1, 2009
Dear National Service Colleagues,Today marks the beginning of a new federal fiscal year, and I want to update you on recent actions on the Corporation’s budget.Earlier today, President Obama signed a continuing resolution which will fund federal agencies and programs at Fiscal 2009 levels through October 31. The continuing resolution, which was attached to the legislative branch appropriations bill, was needed to keep government programs operating after the official end of the fiscal year.
Sep 23, 2009
- As prepared for delivery - Thank you for that kind introduction, and good morning everyone. I’d particularly like to thank Chairwoman Barbara Lee for her leadership, along with the rest of the members of the Congressional Black Caucus, and the foundation, for all your work in pursuit of a more perfect union. It’s an honor to be here today, and I’m very excited by your Pathways Out of Poverty agenda, because I believe national service has an important role to play.
Aug 26, 2009
Washington, D.C. -- Alan Solomont, Board Chair of the Corporation for National and Community Service, made the following statement on the passing of Senator Edward M. Kennedy:“Senator Kennedy’s death is a monumental loss to the national service movement as well as to the country. There was simply no one else like him.
Aug 7, 2009
Dear Colleagues,It’s been ten days since the release of the new My AmeriCorps, and I thought you might appreciate a brief update on the status of the system. I would like to extend a special thanks to those who worked directly on the My AmeriCorps project, and everyone who depends on it, for your patience throughout this process.Traffic through the system has been impressive, particularly just after launch. This chart shows a user breakdown over the first four days:
Aug 6, 2009
Dear Colleagues:Earlier today President Obama announced his intent to nominate the Corporation’s Board Chair Alan Solomont to serve as the United States Ambassador to Spain and Andorra.
Jul 31, 2009
Dear Colleagues:Yesterday the Senate Appropriations Committee approved the Fiscal Year 2010 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies appropriations bill.
Jul 28, 2009
Dear National Service Colleagues,I am happy to inform you that My AmeriCorps’ Release 3 update successfully launched this morning, and is live and ready for use. We encourage you to log on and begin to take advantage of its new functions.As we all get accustomed to the My AmeriCorps upgrades, we understand that you may have questions about the system. We have put the following support mechanisms in place to make the transition as smooth as possible for you:
Jul 27, 2009
Dear National Service Colleagues,It has been a busy summer at the Corporation. We have been working hard to distribute 2009 grant funds, finish distributing Recovery Act awards, and plan the implementation of the Serve America Act, among other things. What follows is an update on the Serve America Act implementation – both what has happened since the Bill signing, and what you can expect in the next several months.
Jul 22, 2009
Dear National Service Colleagues,We are happy to inform you that the 3rd upgrade to My AmeriCorps will be launching next week, on Monday July 27, 2009 as scheduled.
Jul 21, 2009
Dear Colleagues:Congress is beginning to take action on the Fiscal Year 2010 appropriations bill that funds the Corporation and its programs, and I want to give you a brief update.On May 7, President Obama submitted to Congress a budget request of $1.149 billion for the Corporation and its programs, a $259 million or 29 percent increase over the FY 2009 enacted level. The President’s budget would strengthen and expand existing programs and invest in key initiatives authorized by the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act.
Jul 8, 2009
Dear National Service Colleagues,As many of you know, at the end of July we plan to release the 3rd upgrade to MyAmeriCorps. In preparation for this upgrade, our systems – including My AmeriCorps, eGrants and eSPAN – will be unavailable from 8:00 PM Eastern, Friday, July 10 through 12:00 PM Eastern, Saturday, July 11.
Jun 30, 2009
2:21 P.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much. Well, it is wonderful to see all these do-gooders in one room. (Laughter.) And it is always a dangerous thing trying to follow Geoffrey Canada. (Laughter.) But I thank you all for being here.
Jun 22, 2009
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Jun 18, 2009
Dear Colleagues:I am following up on a message you received last week from Acting CEO Nicky Goren about the upcoming launch of My AmeriCorps. We will continue to provide information as it becomes available in the upcoming weeks, so stay tuned.As described in the last message, My AmeriCorps will include new features for applicants, members, grantees, sponsors and staff, all building on the existing functions. Below is an overall summary of the member related functions for our various programs:
Jun 16, 2009
Jun 12, 2009
Dear Colleagues:I am writing to give you an update on the status of the next generation of My AmeriCorps. We have been working diligently over the last several months to put the necessary technical, program support, and training in place for a successful launch. Currently we are planning to launch this summer. We know that the earlier upgrades have presented some challenges, so we are hoping to smooth this transition with earlier advance notice, additional training, and by soliciting your feedback from the beginning.
Jun 2, 2009
The Serve America Act reauthorizes and expands national service programs administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency created in 1993. This presentation provides an overview of the legislation and is narrated by Frank Trinity, General Counsel for the Corporation for National and Community Service.
May 22, 2009
Dear Colleagues,I am writing to let you know that we have been notified by the White House that due to a previously unknown health condition, Maria Eitel has withdrawn her name from consideration as the CEO of the Corporation.Our thoughts are with Maria as she focuses on her personal health. Finding leadership for the Corporation continues to be a very high priority for the White House. Rest assured that I will keep you updated as I learn more. In the meantime, there’s a lot to be done. Keep up the good work!In service,Nicky GorenActing CEO
May 18, 2009
Dear Colleagues,Earlier this week we kicked off our series of listening sessions on the implementation of the Serve America Act and our next five-year strategic plan. We have already received many helpful ideas and look forward to hearing more.
May 12, 2009
Press Release: First Lady Thanks Corporation for National and Community Service Employees  |  PhotosRonald Reagan BuildingWashington, D.C.2:42 P.M. EDTMRS. OBAMA: Thank you, guys. Thanks so much. (Applause.) Okay, you all can sit down now -- (laughter) -- because you've been working so hard. You need to relax, take a load off. I am just excited to be here. It's like coming home. (Laughter.)

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