Energy and the Environment

Service Impact Award Winner: Coulee Region RSVP

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

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.

Interns Get Hands-On for Earth Day

Inspired by President Obama's call to action, a group of Council on Environmental Quality interns volunteered on Earth Day, knowing that even a seemingly small effort can make a large impact. Using Serve.gov, they found an opportunity to help remove non-native plants in Rock Creek Park. After a trip on the metro, a bus ride, and a short walk,they arrived at the Rock Creek Nature Center and Planetarium.

 Children Gather with Seniors for King Day

Throughout the next few months, we will continue to share stories of service from the 2010 MLK Day of Service. Here is Nicole's story.

Wow! What a special day it was! On King Day, January 18, 2010, Boulevard Townhomes (BTH) came to life as the children put aside their own desires to make life for some local senior citizens a little bit fresher.

A New Kind of Service

In preparing for Monday's Energy Canvass in honor of the MLK Day of Service, I restored in my mind Dr. King's vision of the attainable "Beloved Community," where the all-inclusive spirit of brotherhood and sisterhood nurtures an environment of conversation, reconciliation, and progress. Over 40 volunteers of all ages joined WeatherizeDC Monday ready to serve and in pursuit of this Beloved Community, but in a bit of a new way: by talking about energy.

Service-Learning Projects Aid Watershed

Wyoming County, WV, 4-H FLOW, an AmeriCorps Learn and Serve grantee of the West Vi=rginia Commission for National and Community Service, completed more than 500 hours of watershed service-learning projects. Youth met aftershool twice a month for six months, completing project WET curriculum activities.

Volunteers Bring Historic Rose Garden Back to Bloom

Volunteers have the power to transform their community. As co-founder of Friends of the San Jose Rose Garden, I have witnessed how people of all ages and abilities can come together to make a difference, transform neglect into beauty, and inspire change in other communities. In less than two years volunteers, took a historic landmark park from probation to elation. This is our story.

Landscaping Project Brightens Hospice House

Our project is the landscaping and on-going care of the grounds of the new Hospice House of St. Mary's County. The House is located in Callaway, Maryland, and has just been completed after a 6 months delay in construction. Patients are due to be moved in by December 1.

Hospice House provides 24/7 care for patients who are likely to have less than a month to live and cannot be cared for at home. Patient rooms are bright and cheerful and there is a sofa bed in each room for family members to use.

Planting Trees to Celebrate Global Youth Service Day

In celebration of Global Youth Service Day 2009, People to People International student member Justin Churchman worked with Coronado High School students to plant tree seedlings behind three major non-profit organizations in El Paso. As they grow, the trees will provide a wind break and safety screen for the organization's outdoor areas.

Foresters and Community Partners Build New Playground in Raleigh, NC

Green Road Community Center in Raleigh has a brand new playground today thanks to a coordinated effort of 200 volunteers from Foresters™ and the community. This playground will serve the children of the community where previously there was old, unsafe playground equipment.

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