United We Serve

  • Posted on Jun 19, 2020

    The challenges presented by the pandemic require solutions that are creative, flexible, and timely. Across the country, AmeriCorps and Senior Corps teams have risen to the occasion, answering the call to serve in new and innovative ways. Even in the face of adversity, our members and volunteers continue to improve lives, strengthen communities, and foster civic engagement.

    Stories of the Week

    This week’s stories highlight the incredible work of our AmeriCorps and Senior Corps members who continue to meet the needs of their communities despite the COVID-19 pandemic. We are inspired by their dedication to service as they work to make Americans safer, smarter, and healthier. Below are some examples of national service members going above and beyond in service to their country this week.

    Volunteers give back to seniors who help children in community (Indiana)
    A food drive was held Saturday for volunteers with the Foster Grandparent Program. The program works with children at schools across Indianapolis. “This is one of the best opportunities to give back, to get away from yourself and to really reevaluate what’s most important,” said DaJuan Major, assistant principal of Snacks Elementary School. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, volunteers haven’t been getting the stipend they would normally get. “We just do not know who may need a lifting hand, may need a phone call, show our seniors that you care,” said Shelida Kerr, director, Foster Grandparent Program.

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  • Posted on Jun 11, 2020
    Despite the obstacles presented by COVID-19, AmeriCorps and Senior Corps programs across the country have acted quickly and creatively to continue their critical work in new ways, or to pivot to meet emerging needs.Since the start of the national emergency, more than 9,400 AmeriCorps members and Senior Corps volunteers have served in direct response to COVID-19. Collectively, these national service members have:
  • Posted on Jun 2, 2020
    The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) made news today in Colorado when Governor Jared Polis announced at a press conference today that CNCS would mobilize more than 800 AmeriCorps members and Senior Corps volunteers to support the State’s COVID-19 response.  They’ll conduct contact tracing and other important work to help Colorado reopen and get people back to work.
  • Posted on May 22, 2020
    Despite the obstacles presented by COVID-19, AmeriCorps and Senior Corps programs across the country have acted quickly and creatively to continue their critical work in new ways, or to pivot to meet emerging needs.Since the start of the national emergency, more than 8,500 AmeriCorps members and Senior Corps volunteers have served in direct response to COVID-19. Collectively, these national service members have:
  • Posted on May 15, 2020
     A few years later, this is the exact message he wants to get through to people: “It can happen to anybody so quickly. People don’t really understand how quickly you can fall into this place where you feel like you have no options, and then you’re trapped.”It was this passion for sharing his story through public speaking and advocacy that led Mikah to AmeriCorps VISTA, an experience he would later call “magical.”
  • Posted on May 14, 2020
    Despite the obstacles presented by COVID-19, AmeriCorps and Senior Corps programs across the country have acted quickly and creatively to continue their critical work in new ways, or to pivot to meet emerging needs.Since the start of the national emergency, more than 6,275 AmeriCorps members and Senior Corps volunteers have served in direct response to COVID-19. Collectively, these national service members have:
  • Posted on May 1, 2020
    National service was always something Claire knew she wanted to do. With a desire to keep her focus on improving healthcare domestically, she chose to serve in AmeriCorps.As a Chicagoan and recent college graduate serving in Wyoming in the department’s Aging Division, Claire would be working in a place and with a population that was very unfamiliar.
  • Posted on Apr 20, 2020
    At the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), we are also asking the question, “What does volunteerism look like in the time of coronavirus?”For all of us who want to help our local communities, operating during a pandemic is new territory. How can we continue to meet community needs when health and safety calls for us to be apart?
  • Posted on Apr 20, 2020
    I’d like to share some examples of how different Senior Corps organizations are finding the light in this difficult time. Thank you for all you do.
  • Posted on Apr 8, 2020
    This donation was made possible through the leadership of U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy and Gov. John Bel Edwards, who helped facilitate the collection of the masks by the Louisiana National Guard from the AmeriCorps NCCC Southern Region Campus. “I am grateful that the national service family was able to support our neighbors in Louisiana as they work to slow the spread of COVID-19 throughout the region," said Barbara Stewart, CEO of CNCS. “Every day, AmeriCorps members, Senior Corps volunteers, and their fellow Americans are helping communities respond to this emergency.”
  • Posted on Nov 19, 2019
    When it comes to building sustainable change, this isn’t Tim McAteer’s first assignment. He discusses the difficult process with all the nuance and complexity of someone who has been down this path before. Community buy-in sure doesn’t come easy, for example.But to drive home his point, McAteer is willing to table the intricacies and strip down “sustainability” to its bluntest, barest form: “You don’t just finish a project, take a digital photo, and move on.”It’s a refreshing insight from someone whose career has required him to move on a lot, from one mission to the next.
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