United We Serve

First Lady: Volunteer for the National Day of Service

First Lady Michelle Obama lends her voice to encourage Americans to serve as part of the National Day of Service on Saturday, Jan. 19. Read on to watch the video, discover more about the First Family's commitment to community service and learn how you can join the effort.

Visit the Presidential Inaugural Committee website to sign up to volunteer for the National Day of Service.

Service News Digest: CNCS in the News

The Service News Digest is a regular feature on the Serve.gov blog. In this series, we showcase articles that feature national service and Corporation for National and Community Service programs. Take a look at some of the great stories that had people talking recently.

Explore Dr. King's Legacy of Service

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. changed the course of history and inspired us to build what he called "the beloved community." The King Legacy of Service video tells the story of how Dr. King's birthday evolved into a national day of service.

Featuring civil rights luminaries such as Congressman John Lewis, the Rev. Dr. Joseph Lowery, and Ruby Bridges, this seven-minute video reminds us of the importance of keeping Dr. King's legacy of service alive and challenges us to make service a part of our lives -- every day of the year.

A Man of Service: An Interview with John Lewis

At age 17, Congressman John Lewis was so inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King that he wrote a letter to King asking to meet him. Dr. King wrote back and sent Lewis a round-trip Greyhound bus ticket to meet with him.

Lewis joined Dr. King and would go on to organize sit-in demonstrations at segregated lunch counters, serve as an architect of and a keynote speaker at the historic March on Washington, and march with protestors across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, AL.

Join President Obama in a National Day of Service

This post was originally published on the White House Blog on Jan. 4, 2013.

On Jan. 21, 2013, our nation will celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day (MLK Day), a national holiday during which we honor the legacy of the civil rights leader Dr. King through a day of service and volunteering.

National Mentoring Month Celebrates Adults Who Inspire

Each new year draws millions to make resolutions designed to change their lives. And while the focus on self-improvement is fine, the arrival of National Mentoring Month gives us an opportunity to recognize men and women who channel their energy to helping and inspiring young people toward a brighter future.

Last-Minute Ways to Give and Serve

This is the final stretch for holiday shoppers, and you know who you are if you belong to the procrastinators club. But you can still give the gift of service and help to others, even while the rush to the malls reaches a fever pitch.

An AmeriCarol: The 12 Days of Service

In the spirit of the season, members of our AmeriCorps team offer a national service variation on “The 12 Days of Christmas.” So if everyone is ready, let's sing along with AmeriCorps -- and a-one, and a-two ...

Hurricane Sandy Digest 12/18/12: 'Very Difficult and Very Sad'

When AmeriCorps NCCC member Melissa Ettman was assigned to lead a Sacramento, CA-based team to help with the Hurricane Sandy cleanup in New York and New Jersey, she was familiar with many of the areas affected by the storm. In fact, her 87-year-old grandmother onLong Island was affected by the hurricane andhad to live without electricity for a week.

Military Mom Makes Time to Volunteer

“Where do you find the time?” is a question that could be posed to many parents, but the 2012 Volunteering and Civic Life in America (VCLA) report shows that many in this group are carving space in their busy schedules to help others in their communities. Allison Moore, a military spouse and mother of three young children in Missouri, is a prime example.

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