Official Statements

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.)
May 12, 2009
Ronald Reagan BuildingWashington, D.C.2:35 P.M. EDTGood afternoon everyone. And welcome to all of you who join us by phone from across the country!
May 7, 2009
Dear Colleagues:Today President Obama submitted to Congress his FY 2010 budget request for the Corporation for National Service and our programs. Our complete budget justification document is available now on our budget page; below is a brief summary of its contents.
May 5, 2009
"Thank you Rick for that kind introduction and thank you for including me in tonight’s festivities."It is a pleasure to join you all."There are few times in history when the saying ‘we are all in this together’ would be more applicable than now."Events like this one show how truly connected our world is;"how one person’s invention can create an entirely new economy;"how one person can change how we see the world."The ability of one person to influence the outcome of someone else’s life inspires me.
Apr 30, 2009
Dear Colleagues,On April 21, 2009, President Obama signed the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act into law, ushering in a new era of service and volunteering for our nation.The Act charges the Corporation for National and Community Service and our partners to dramatically expand opportunities for Americans to serve, to focus on critical national issues, to be a catalyst for social innovation, and to support the nonprofit sector. The law both expands our existing programs and creates new initiatives to increase service opportunities and strengthen our civic infrastructure.
Apr 21, 2009
The SEED School of Washington, D.C.Washington, D.C.3:56 P.M. EDT
Apr 21, 2009
Dear Colleagues,I’m very pleased and excited to announce that President Obama has announced his intention to nominate Ms. Maria Eitel to serve as the Corporation’s new CEO.Ms. Eitel currently serves as the president of the Nike Foundation and as a vice president of Nike Inc. As the foundation’s first president, she has led an initiative to increase opportunities for the world’s most disadvantaged girls.
Apr 21, 2009
Dear Colleagues,Earlier today President Obama signed the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act into law. He was joined by First Lady Michelle Obama, the Vice President and Dr. Jill Biden, which demonstrates more powerfully than words this Administration’s commitment to national service. It was the most exciting moment of my nine years on the board of the Corporation, and I know it’s the beginning of many great things to come.
Apr 21, 2009
Via Teleconference10:05 A.M. EDTMS. PSAKI: Good morning, everyone. Thank you for joining the call. We’re pleased today to be joined by Melody Barnes, the Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council; Alan Solomont, the Chair for the Corporation for National and Community Service; and Stephen Goldsmith, Vice Chair of the Corporation for National and Community Service.
Apr 20, 2009
Dear Colleagues,
Apr 17, 2009
Dear Colleagues,President Obama is expected to sign the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act into law in the coming days. This is a very exciting time for the Corporation and the entire national service and voluntary sector, representing both the culmination of years of hard work and the start of a new era of national service in America.
Mar 31, 2009
Detailed Summary of the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act (as of 3/31/2009 - 70 KB PDF)Highlights of the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act (as of 3/26/2009)
Mar 31, 2009
Detailed Summary of the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act (as of 3/31/2009 - 70 KB PDF)Highlights of the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act (as of 3/26/2009)Dear Colleagues:
Mar 27, 2009
Dear National Service Colleagues, In early April we will take another important step toward improving the speed and reliability of our technology environment by moving our production systems to new servers at the Corporation’s headquarters. In order to make this upgrade, our systems – including the My AmeriCorps Portal, Recruitment System, eGrants and eSPAN – will be unavailable from 8:00 PM EST, Friday, April 3 through 8:00 AM EST, Monday, April 6.
Mar 27, 2009
Last night the Senate passed a bill close to the President’s heart, we asked Carlos Monje Jr., Senior Policy Advisor at the Domestic Policy Council to go explain what it meant a little more in-depth: We had an exciting day in the White House yesterday. The Senate passed legislation to dramatically expand service opportunities for Americans of all ages. By an overwhelming vote of 79-19, the Senate approved the Edward M. Kennedy National Service Act, a bill that will take the next quantum leap in national service.
Mar 26, 2009
I’m so pleased that the Senate overwhelmingly passed the bipartisan Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act -- legislation that will usher in a new era of service. I want to applaud all those who have worked so hard to see this bill through, and I am eager to sign it into law.
Mar 24, 2009
H.R. 1388 - Generations Invigorating Volunteerism and Education (GIVE) Act(Rep. McCarthy (D) NY and 37 cosponsors)
Mar 23, 2009
Dear Colleagues,Congressional work on national service legislation goes to the Senate this week, as the full Senate begins consideration of S. 277, the Serve America Act, this afternoon.
Mar 19, 2009
By Barack Obama
Mar 18, 2009
Dear Colleagues,Today is a historic day for national service, as the U.S. House of Representatives is considering the most extensive legislation to strengthen and expand national service since the Corporation for National and Community Service was created in 1993.
Mar 18, 2009
I’m pleased that the House of Representatives has passed the bipartisan GIVE Act -- legislation to usher in a new era of service in this new century. I want to applaud all those who have worked so hard to see this bill through the House, and I am eager to see the companion legislation, the Serve America Act, passed through the Senate so I can sign it into law.
Mar 17, 2009
H.R. 1388 – Generations Invigorating Volunteerism and Education (GIVE) Act(Rep. McCarthy (D) NY and 37 cosponsors)
Mar 17, 2009
National MallWashington, D.C. 10:52 A.M. EDT MRS. OBAMA: So, what is it, morning? Good morning! AUDIENCE: Good morning! MRS. OBAMA: Man, YouthBuild. Let's hear it again. Good morning! AUDIENCE: Good morning! MRS. OBAMA: I'm so proud of you. You all sit down and rest your feet. I know you all have been working hard. I want to thank Dorothy for her introduction, for her hard work. Congratulations on this wonderful day. Happy anniversary, YouthBuild. (Applause.)
Mar 11, 2009
Dear Colleagues:Congress is taking action on national service authorizing and appropriations legislation, and we want to share the latest developments.
Mar 10, 2009
Dear Colleagues,Following on last month's hearing on national service in the House Education and Labor Committee, today at 2:30 the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee will hold a hearing on "The Next Generation of National Service"

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