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Jan 26, 2010
Washington, DC – Americans have answered President Obama's call to service, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which reported a significant increase in the number of volunteers and the volunteer rate in 2009. According to the BLS report released today, 1.5 million more Americans volunteered between September 2008 and September 2009 than did in the previous year. Approximately 63.4 million people, or 26.8 percent of the population, volunteered through or for an organization in 2009 compared to 61.8 million in 2008.
Jan 25, 2010
Hundreds of Thousands Serve in More than 10,000 Projects
Jan 25, 2010
Six schools highlight how others can connect service and technology to transform learning.
Jan 22, 2010
Washington, DC—The Corporation for National and Community Service announces the availability of $650,070 for new Learn and Serve America School-Based grants to Indian Tribes and U.S. Territories to involve school-age youth in service-learning projects that simultaneously support student development and meet community needs.
Jan 20, 2010
President and First Lady to Honor Mentors and Launch New Mentoring Initiative
Jan 18, 2010
President and Mrs. Obama, Cabinet Secretaries, Senior Administration Officials Honor Martin Luther King, Jr. National Day of Service by Participating in Community Service Projects Around Washington, DC
Jan 18, 2010
President, Cabinet Secretaries, Elected Officials Make Holiday A Day On, Not a Day Off(Editors Note: Visit for real-time reports and photos from volunteers and project leaders across the country about the MLK Day of Service.)
Jan 18, 2010
Goren to Deliver Remarks on National MLK Day of Service Initiative During Virtual Town Hall(Editor's Note: Visit to view real-time Tweets, photos, blogposts, and videos about the MLK Day of Service from volunteers and project leaders across the country.)
Jan 17, 2010
President, First Lady to Serve Monday in Honor of Dr. KingWashington, DC—President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will join hundreds of thousands of Americans across the country in honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by participating in a volunteer service project on the King Holiday, the White House announced.
Jan 17, 2010
By: Isaac Newton Farris, Jr. and Stephen Goldsmith Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once posed what he called "Life's persistent and most urgent question." It was not about civil rights, justice, or peace. It was: "What are you doing for others?"
Jan 17, 2010
Washington, DC—A record number of state and federal elected officials will roll up their sleeves to serve local communities across the country tomorrow, Monday, January 18, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service.
Jan 15, 2010
Web Professionals to Use Expertise to Meet Non-profits' and Local Schools' Tech NeedsWashington, DC—The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and the Corporation for National and Community Service launched the MLK Technology Challenge, a national call to web professionals to volunteer their skills on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, January 18.
Jan 15, 2010
Washington, DC— Even during an economic slowdown, a growing number of major U.S. companies are investing money, supplies, and employee time to make a difference in their communities by supporting the 2010 Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service.From sponsoring service projects to marshalling their employees as volunteers to offering financial support and expertise, businesses across the country are honoring Dr. King and helping further his dream by supporting the annual holiday as “a day on, not a day off.”
Jan 15, 2010
A Proclamation by the President of the United States of America The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., challenged our Nation to recognize that our individual liberty relies upon our common equality. In communities marred by division and injustice, the movement he built from the ground up forced open doors to negotiation. The strength of his leadership was matched only by the power of his words, which still call on us to perfect those sacred ideals enshrined in our founding documents.
Jan 13, 2010
Fighting Poverty, Community Renewal, and Economic Empowerment Focus of Projects on National Day of Service Washington, DC— In projects taking place across the nation on the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, Americans will further Dr. King's work by addressing the challenges facing many American families, from hunger and homelessness to poverty and education inequality.
Jan 13, 2010
Washington D.C. – The U.S. House of Representatives is calling on Americans to pay tribute to the life and works of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by participating in community service projects on the January 18 King Holiday.
Jan 11, 2010
Congressman John Lewis, NAACP Chairman Julian Bond, Usher, and Actor Ed Norton to Headline Events on King Holiday as Service AmbassadorsWashington, DC— Civil rights icons, national service leaders, academics, and celebrities are among those named as this year's Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service Ambassadors.
Jan 11, 2010
The Corporation for National and Community Service hosted a funders discussion call on January 11, 2010 to discuss the draft Notice of Funs Availability (NOFA) for the Social Innovation Fund. Listed to the call (MP3 audio)
Jan 7, 2010
National Service Agency Calls for a “Day On, Not a Day Off”Washington, DC— With the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service just days away, the Corporation for National and Community Service is urging Americans to honor Dr. King's memory and further his legacy by joining in service projects in their communities on the January 18 King Holiday.
Jan 5, 2010
President Obama calls on Americans to mentor and help guide the lives of young peopleWashington, DC – The Corporation for National and Community Service joins with Harvard Mentoring Project of the Harvard School of Public Health, and MENTOR to kick off the Ninth Annual National Mentoring Month and launch a national volunteer recruitment drive to mentor. General Colin Powell will headline the month-long initiative and more than fifty partners will help to raise awareness of the impact of mentoring on the lives of young people.
Dec 18, 2009
Anticipated $200 million in public-private funding will support transformative solutions to major social challenges and improve nation's challenge-solving infrastructure WASHINGTON, DC – The Corporation for National and Community Service released a draft Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for its 2010 Social Innovation Fund (SIF) grant competition today. The Corporation is soliciting public feedback on the funding notification through January 15, 2010.
Dec 16, 2009
Washington, DC—In response to President Obama's executive Memorandum on Tribal Consultation, the Corporation for National and Community Service held its second conference call with tribal leaders today. Ron Lessard, the agency's Strategic Advisor for Native American Affairs, who led the conference call, sought the input of tribal leaders on the parameters of a comprehensive agency-wide policy on tribal consultation.
Dec 16, 2009
Funds to Support Corporation's United We Serve and Cities of Service InitiativesWashington, DC - The Citi Foundation has made a $50,000 grant to the Corporation for National and Community Service to support the agency's efforts to engage Americans in service to address pressing local and national needs.
Dec 14, 2009
Washington, DC -- Congress today gave final approval to the Fiscal 2010 budget for the Corporation for National and Community Service, making a historic investment in the agency and its programs at a time of mounting social needs and renewed interest in citizen service.
Dec 10, 2009
Washington, DC - The Corporation for National and Community Service announces a funding opportunity of an anticipated $7.3 million for new Learn and Serve America Higher Education grants. The funding will support institutions of higher education that use innovative service-learning programming to meet the needs of local communities, and programs that foster lifelong civic engagement among students.


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