Why We Should Expand National Service

April 28, 2017

My late husband, Eli, loved to talk about the people he met in AmeriCorps’ early years (AmeriCorps is the public-private venture for national service across the country), when he served as the founding CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). Like the woman in Americus, Ga., who was building her first home with help from Habitat for Humanity’s AmeriCorps members. She said the minute her home was finished, she would hang a picture in her living room of all the strangers working together to build it. Service is a way to bridge divides by bringing strangers together. And the young man in Lincoln, Neb., who said he’d made a lot of mistakes in his life, even spending time in jail.

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