The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) announces the 2013 National Service Impact Awards. The recipients exemplify the best in national and community service in the key issue areas of the Serve America Act and disaster services.
Through the awards, CNCS learns about best practices in solution-driven service to help further the agency’s mission while recognizing outstanding impact in communities accomplished through service and volunteering.
Recipients were announced at the AmeriCorps 20th Anniversary celebration on Sept. 20, 2013, in Washington, DC.
Thanks to a generous gift from Southwest Airlines, each recipient will receive a round-trip ticket on the airline.
2013 National Service Impact Award Recipients
Washington Conservation Corps
The members of the Washington Conservation Corps (WCC) not only protect and preserve the environment in Washington state, but they are recognized leaders in disaster response efforts across the country.
In recent years, they have responded to Hurricane Katrina; the Joplin, MO, tornado; the wildfires in Eastern Washington; and most recently, Hurricane Sandy where WCC crews were deployed to New Jersey and New York within days after the storm hit. To date, 22 WCC Supervisors and 106 WCC AmeriCorps members have served over 38,000 hours in the Sandy response effort..
Women's Initiative for Self-Employment - AmeriCorps VISTA
San Francisco Bay AreaSacramento, California
Katie Taylor is the Volunteer Coordinator and Research Assistant at Women’s Initiative for Self-Employment located in Oakland, CA, with offices in San Francisco and New York. Katie runs a program that has a high impact on low-income women of both the Bay Area and New York City. Women’s Initiative helps low-income, high-potential women start or strengthen their own businesses.
Katie started the Women’s Initiative AmeriCorps VISTA program in 2010 and it has supported 13 VISTAs. In 2012 alone, Katie oversaw a volunteer program of 504 people. As a result, they have improved the lives of 3,168 clients who are on their way to economic self-sufficiency through entrepreneurship.
Pacific Region Education Team - Gold 8
The AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) Pacific Region, along with John Muir Charter School, has created a new and innovative program to support members who need to complete their education, while allowing them to participate in traditional NCCC service projects.
This partnership has led to increased grade-level capacity and earned diplomas/GEDs, enabling those members to maximize their Segal AmeriCorps Education Award after their graduation.
Despite extreme working conditions and a rigorous school schedule, the team has succeeded beyond expectations. Their success can be attributed to their own determination and to their new Team Leader, Aimee Dilucido. She created cohesion among these sometimes struggling members who were balancing school and full-time service, navigated needs of project sponsors and the teachers, and successfully scheduled more than 40 hours of service and over 13 hours of schooling each week.
The Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation AmeriCorps program, now in its 13th year, has grown to 17 full-time members. This year, the team engaged the North Tahoe community by encouraging them to propose compelling projects that meet community needs. One project example is Incline Elementary School Rocks! A Day of Dirt, Service and Community.
AmeriCorps members educated local students on teamwork, community service, and the 17 different roles that the AmeriCorps members of North Lake Tahoe perform in their community. The second half of the project included two days of hands-on volunteerism and the construction of outdoor classrooms. All students participated in age-appropriate service activities, creating a new resource for the school and the community.
Louisville Metro RSVP
For more than 30 years, RSVP and the Louisville Veterans Administration Medical Center (VAMC) have been partners in service to veterans in Kentucky. Some of the volunteers have overcome partial or total blindness to volunteer as bulk mailing clerks for the many primary care and specialized medical clinics on-site and in the local communities. This RSVP usually prepares more than 30,000 personalized appointment reminders annually for veterans.
Veterans and Military Families
Points of Light, Community Blueprint
Veteran Leader Corps
MLK Day and AmeriCorps
Members of the Rebuilding Together AmeriCorps program, Capacity Corps, dedicated the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service to rebuilding homes and revitalizing communities in Oklahoma City.