AmeriCorps

Vote in the AmeriCorps Photo and Video Contest

Some of our most creative AmeriCorps members and alumni took our challenge and submitted more than 300 entries for our 2012 AmeriCorps Photo and Video Contest. If you haven't checked out the submissions and cast your votes, well, now's the time!

The theme of this year's contest is "AmeriCorps Works" and contestants were asked to integrate this idea into their entries to help tell the AmeriCorps story and highlight the program's impact.

We Are the Community Service Cavalry

Paul Reickhoff, president and CEO of the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, has an idea about a great, untapped American resource. He believes national service models based on AmeriCorps to harness and leverage the skills of military veterans and can “help people think about us as the cavalry, not as a problem."

It's a terrific idea – especially when you know the stories of vets who are riding to the rescue every day. They are the community service embodiment of the cavalry, not a condition.

The 2012 AmeriCorps Summer Games

The London 2012 Summer Olympics opening ceremonies begin tonight, and we're feeling the Olympic spirit. With that in mind, we asked visitors to the AmeriCorps Facebook page which events would be included in an AmeriCorps Summer Games. As you might imagine, we received some mighty interesting responses.

VISTA Summer Associates Fight Child Hunger in Ohio

Nearly half of Ohio’s school children qualify for free or reduced-price lunches, and many of these children do not have access to adequate nutrition during the summer months. This lack of access to adequate nutrition has been linked to poorer academic performance, which can easily perpetuate the vicious cycle of poverty.

Service Impact Award Winner: Philadelphia Health Corps

Over the next several weeks, we will be profiling the winners of the 2012 Service Impact Awards. Look for their stories and videos here on the blog.

How-To Tuesday: Be An AmeriCorps Alum

This post originally appeared on the AmeriCorps Alums blog on July 23, 2012.

With many AmeriCorps members ending their service this month, AmeriCorps and AmeriCorps Alums reached out to Alumni on Facebook for the advice they'd offer this new batch of Alums.

National Service at Its Best: Green City Force

Earlier this summer, I had the incredible opportunity to attend the graduation of 22 Green City Force AmeriCorps members in New York City. Green City Force recruits young adults, ages 18-24, who are currently unemployed or underemployed high school graduates or GED-holders from low-income neighborhoods.

Holding the Line: AmeriCorps NCCC Responds to Waldo Canyon Fire

Stephen Packard, 24, could have taken his degree in Economics from the University of Connecticut and found a comfortable desk job. Instead, he opted for a more adventurous path when he joined AmeriCorps NCCC. Never did he imagine he'd one day be working on the front lines of Colorado's biggest wildfire in history, sleeping just feet from the flames.

Never Leave a Fallen Comrade: The Story of One Continuing Mission on the Homefront

This post originally appeared on the White House blog on July 3, 2012.
 
As we celebrate the 4th of July, we celebrate our patriotism and the millions who have shown their love of country by wearing the uniform.

National Service Battles Colorado Wildfires

Recent wildfires have threatened communities across Colorado and the Southwest and national service has been working day and night to help put out the flames and support survivors.

More than 175 AmeriCorps members and Senior Corps volunteers have joined the response effort in Colorado, working with fire crews on the front lines, operating evacuation shelters, and managing volunteers and donations.

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