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Our History

In 1993, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) was established to connect Americans of all ages and backgrounds with opportunities to give back to their communities and their nation. It merged the work and staffs of two predecessor agencies, ACTION and the Commission on National and Community Service.

At its inception, CNCS was directed to manage three main programs:

  • The newly created Senior Corpswhich incorporated the longstanding Foster Grandparents, RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program), and Senior Companions programs; 
  • The newly created AmeriCorps, which incorporated the longstanding VISTA, the new National Civilian Community Corps programs, and the full-time demonstration program that had been established under the 1990 Act; and 
  • Learn and Serve America, formerly known as Serve America.

Today CNCS serves millions of individuals of all ages and backgrounds help meet local needs through a wide array of service opportunities. These include projects in six priority areas: disaster services, economic opportunity, education, environmental stewardship, healthy futures, and veterans and military families through CNCS’s core programs: AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, and the Social Innovation Fund.

CNCS is part of our nation's history of commitment to building a culture of citizenship, service, and responsibility.

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1960's - Our History Begins Here

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