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Economic Opportunity

CNCS is dedicated to creating economic opportunity through national service programs that focus on financial well-being. Community organizations across the country are learning about specific interventions to address the housing, financial literacy, and employment needs of low-income or otherwise disadvantaged populations.


For more than 50 years, national service has proven to be a catalyst when combined with community-based economic opportunity resources.  Our programs boost initiatives that provide financial education, tax preparation services, consumer counseling, connection with community services or benefits, housing construction and repair, and job training and placement programs.  

National Service in Action

Giving Neighbors a Hand

AmeriCorps members with Impact Alabama NCCC completed more than 141,000 hours of service in Ohio, helping more than 3,000 neighbors prepare and recover from disasters and prepare their tax returns.

Helping At-Risk Youth

LifeBridge AmeriCorps, sponsored by the United Way of Central West Virginia, engages 50 AmeriCorps members in mentoring and tutoring at-risk students in 18 counties across the state to improve academic performance.

Providing Requested Legal Assistance

VISTA members serving at the Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago support low-income families by recruiting hundreds of volunteer attorneys and law students who provided more than 8,500 hours of pro bono service.

Supporting Community Success

RSVP volunteers at Area 10 Agency on Aging in Indiana operate Job Links, where 85 percent of the difficult-to-employ people served felt more prepared and confident to find and keep a job after their coaching sessions.

Maximizing the Power of Service

Collaboration among various service programs in Michigan -- including AmeriCorps, VISTA, Senior Corps, and NCCC -- creates economic opportunity, builds low-cost housing, helps with taxes and provides credit counseling for Americans in need.


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