Special Initiatives

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Special Initiatives

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) supports a variety of special initiatives, including:


A Billion + Change
This effort aims to generate and harness at least $1 billion worth of professional expertise to help the country’s nonprofits meet critical social and community needs. Companies that participate in A Billion + Change receive customized technical assistance, research and online resources, and the program can even match corporate expertise with deserving organizations.
Let's Read. Let's Move.
Led by CNCS in collaboration with First Lady Michelle Obama, this initiative encourages America’s youth to remain active to battle childhood obesity and reduce summer reading skill losses by encouraging summer reading and physical activity.
Mayor and County Recognition Day for National Service
As solution-focused local elected officials, mayors and county officials have a unique role in this country. Our priority on expanding economic opportunity to create sustainable and resilient communities directly aligns with the goals of local leaders.
Mentoring Works! - Woman mentoring a child
National Mentoring Month is an annual, high-profile campaign to draw attention to the need for more volunteer mentors to help America’s young people achieve their full potential.
The President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll
The President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, launched in 2006, annually highlights the role colleges and universities play in solving community problems and placing more students on a lifelong path of civic engagement by recognizing institutions that achieve meaningful, measureable outcomes in the communities they serve. The 2013 Honor Roll recipients were announced at the American Council on Education’s 95th Annual Meeting Leading Change on March 4, 2013, in Washington, DC.
President's Volunteer Service Award logo
America has a long and proud tradition of volunteer service. Now more than ever, volunteers are renewing their commitment to helping others and making new connections that bring us closer together as families, as neighbors, as communities, and as a nation.
These challenge awards pay tribute to CNCS grantees, strategic partners and service participants whose programs exemplify the best in national and community service in key issue areas including disaster services, economic opportunity, education, environmental stewardship, healthy futures, and serving veterans and military families.
President Barack Obama
This nationwide service initiative that helps meet growing social needs resulting from the economic downturn and aims to both expand the impact of existing organizations by engaging new volunteers in their work and encourage volunteers to develop their own "do-it-yourself" projects.

Days of Service

September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance
Since 2001, 9/11 victims’ families and survivors have encouraged Americans to consider performing acts of charitable service to honor the memories of their loved ones and pay tribute to those who continue to defend our nation.


Colleges and Universities
Every day, college students help their communities in a variety of ways, from tutoring and mentoring children, to raising funds for worthy causes, to helping families recover from hurricanes and other disasters. Since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the nation has witnessed a significant upsurge in volunteering by college students.
Faith-Based and Other Community Initiatives and Neighborhood Partnerships
Faith-based and other community organizations recognize the value that national service volunteers bring to their organizations' missions as they help these groups accomplish more by recruiting, training, and supervising additional volunteers.
Indian Tribes and organizations that support Native American communities have been successfully drawing upon national service resources to meet family and community needs for more than 45 years. The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) through its Senior Corps, AmeriCorps State and National, AmeriCorps VISTA, and AmeriCorps NCCC programs has a long-standing commitment to working with tribal nations on a government-to-government basis and is committed to enhancing the collaboration process across all programs to address critical issues affecting Native American communities.

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